Beaufort County burglary numbers low so far, but don’t get too comfortable

Crime has been light in Beaufort County throughout the Hurricane Matthew evacuation period, police officers said Tuesday afternoon.

But Capt. Bob Bromage of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said that may change.

“The number is expected to rise when people get back to their residences,” he said at 1 p.m., two hours before Hilton Head Island was to be opened to returning evacuees.

Between the evacuation on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Monday morning, the sheriff’s office answered 27 calls for service. Nine were burglaries.

Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds said there had been four residential burglaries over the period, much lighter than normal.

Beaufort Police Department Lt. Charles Squires said, “There have been a few, but I don’t have the numbers. I believe there have been a couple of break-ins, but I don’t know the total numbers yet.”

Port Royal Police investigator Andre Massey said he did not know a number of burglaries or break-ins.

“We’re still out patrolling,” he said.

There were no reports of looting.