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Trailer thefts on the rise in York Co.

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YORK, SC (WBTV) -

The York County Sheriff's Office is seeing a growing trend in trailer thefts in the county. 

Since Sept. 1, there have been 19 reported trailer thefts within York Country.  The total value of the trailers stolen is approximately $30,000. 

 To combat this trend, York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant would like to remind trailer owners to NOT make your trailer an easy target for thieves.  Following a few simple safety tips of Mark, Block and Lock, may prevent you from becoming a victim.

  • MARK: Mark your trailer with identifying marks that only you would know.  Weld your name, business name or phone number onto an obvious part of the frame. It is relatively inexpensive to do and very time consuming to remove. Also mark your trailer a second time in inconspicuous places only you as the owner would know. From those markings, if unfortunately your trailer is stolen and then recovered, officers will know it is indeed your trailer.  Also you may want to cover your trailer with special paint-jobs, decals, or lettering.  Obvious markings may deter thieves from taking your property.
  • BLOCK: Block your trailer from view of the road, by parking it out of sight.  In most trailer theft cases, thieves will back right up to a trailer, hook it up and drive off in a matter of seconds.  It's also advised to put large blocks next to the tires just to give the thieves one more hurdle to cross before they can drive off.
  • LOCK: Buy a trailer hitch lock.  Anchor your trailer down by chaining and locking to anything that will not move such as a light post.  Also lock your wheels using devices like a wheel boot.

In addition to these preventative measures trailer owners should photograph their trailers with the unique features to give law enforcement a better description of what your trailer looks like, because many trailers do look alike.

If you have any information that could help investigators, citizens are encouraged to call York County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-409-4321 or the York County Sheriff's Office 803-628-3059.

For further information please contact Trent Faris, Public Information Officer for the York County Sheriff's Office.

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