Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and Beaufort Police Department officials are urging residents to keep their cars locked after a recent rash of break-ins and thefts.
The Sheriff's Office has received dozens of reports of thefts from unlocked cars across the county during the past week, according to a news release. The thefts have occurred throughout the county, from Bluffton to Lady's Island.
Beaufort police have twice reported a string of thefts from unlocked cars in the past week -- in the Spanish Point neighborhood and Bay South Apartments on Sept. 6, and in the Battery Shores neighborhood Thursday.
Almost all of the theft reports involve unlocked vehicles, according to the release.
In only a few instances were locked cars broken into. In most of those cases, stolen items were visible through the car windows, the release said.
Officials are asking residents to secure their cars by locking car doors and keeping the windows closed at night. Valuable items should be kept out of sight or in the trunk, and keys should not be left in the car, according to the release.
Any suspicious activity or people should be reported to the Sheriff's Office dispatch center at 843-524-2777.