Columbia resident Josh Ziskend was outraged when he noticed audio equipment was missing from his car.
RCSD Sergeant Travis Holdorf said the number of car break-ins has increased since 2015.
Christina L. Myers
The Richland County Sheriff's Department reported over 1200 car break-ins between January and August of this year. On average, That is five cars a day on average. Officials said the easiest way thieves get into your vehicle is by checking to see if it is unlocked.
“It’s not a home, its not a safe," said Travis Holdorf, Sergeant for RCSD Crimes Unit. “It has several windows around it where people can look inside it and see what’s in there.”
Josh Ziskend was a recent victim of a car break-in.
“You just felt a little bit violated,” said Ziskend. “It’s a place, it’s a car. You know when you drive a car it becomes a part of you.”
Officials said locking your door, parking in busy areas, looking for well-lit lots and being aware of your surroundings are preventative measures for break-ins.
Ziskend said since the incident, he and his roommate have become more conscious of their surroundings.
“We’ve changed, we’ve become more safe and more responsible about it.”
Officials encourage anyone with information on the break-ins to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.