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Litchfield Beaches: POA cameras get first test in season for break-ins

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Video cameras installed at entrance roads to the Litchfield Beaches will face their first test. To make sure they pass, the area property owners association plans to put up signs this week to make sure would-be burglars know the cameras are in place.

“The winter season is here,” said Ladd Dezendorf, the POA president. “They need to be visible so someone coming into the neighborhood will say, ‘Oh, we don’t want to go there.’ ”

The association installed cameras on Litchfield Drive, Boyle Drive and Trace Drive in May. There were about two dozen break-ins at empty houses in Litchfield Beach and North Litchfield in each of the last two winters. A Murrells Inlet man was arrested in March on 25 counts of burglary, which Dezendorf said might help curb a new outbreak of break-ins this year. But the association isn’t counting on it.

“The most effective part of having cameras is having people know you have them,” Dezendorf said.

The POA spent $2,100 on the cameras, which were provided by the same firm that installed license plate readers and video cameras for the town of Pawleys Island. Georgetown County gave the association a $2,487 accommodations tax grant that will fund the camera operations.

The association doesn’t monitor the cameras or have access to the video. That’s available only to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, Dezendorf said.

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