Uptick in Crime Reported Near Charleston Parking Garages

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The new and improved Charleston Collusium and Convention Center is offering countless families something for everyone to enjoy.

However, officers with the Charleston Police Department are increasing patrols surrounding the area, they said, as a result of more people taking advantage of everything Charleston has to offer.

“There have been an increase in incidents in hotel parking lots and garages with the increase of events coming into the city,” Lt. Autumn Davis said Wednesday.  

Those incidents are what police are calling ‘crimes of opportunity’.  You park your car, get your family inside of a restaurant or venue, and a criminal steps in.

More police reports being filed, Davis said.  Those reports range from things like busted car windows, thefts, and vehicle break-ins.

The solution, she said, is to “Saturate the areas that are having the problems”.

And that’s just what CPD is doing.  She said, in this case, that means more patrols surrounding Embassy Suites, the Colusium and Convention Center, and Lee Street by the Mall and the Marriot.

We’re not talking about violent crimes here, necessarily.  And police are certainly not discouraging anyone from visiting.

“Come and enjoy the events in the city but also be mindful that at any point, you can be a victim of a break-in,” Davis said.

Davis offered some helpful tips when enjoying downtown Charleston include: 

  • Stay in a group, if possible.
  • Remember where you parked. Take a photo of where your car is, and which floor it’s on.
  • Don’t stare at your cell phone while you’re walking to and from your destination.
  • Lock your valuables in your trunk.
  • Don’t leave your social security in your vehicle.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Never drive while intoxicated.
  • Park in well-lit areas, if possible.
  • Always, always report anything suspicious to the police.  The non-emergency phone number for Charleston Police is 304-348-8111. Call 911 for any and all emergencies.

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