Parking lots are increasingly becoming the location of choice for criminals. For thieves it offers an enormous selection of automobiles left unattended. For the robber it offers the opportunity to not only blend in with us unnoticed, but to also get close to us.
Thieves commit property crime in parking lots through vandalism and theft. This most commonly occurs where large groups of cars are parked together for extended periods of time, such as shopping centers, apartment complexes, and sporting events.
With over half of the vehicle break-ins in Mount Pleasant occurring to unsecured vehicles, Mount Pleasant police have been involved in a public awareness campaign that encourages citizens to simply lock their doors. Another problem is leaving valuable items left out in plain view. Thieves think nothing about smashing out your car window to steal a purse, phone, or any item left on the seat.