Crime Statistics - Myrtle Beach

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Crime Information - The Grand Strand - by Patricia Blackstock

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Horry County's website has a new feature - a map of incidents that happened in the last 48 hours throughout the county. The new section is named "Horry County 48 Hour Crime Analysis" and features a map showing what happened in the unincorporated areas of the city.

City of Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach City Council plans to add 70 new police positions during the next seven years. Details of the plan, presented by Police Chief Amy Prock, are available online:

Cameras: 859 traffic cams are now installed throughout the length of Ocean Blvd. (from US 17 Bus to 82nd Ave.) all major intersections, along Yaupon Drive, Convention Center, ball parks, ball fields, etc.

New Technology Takes Law Enforcement to a new level: Myrtle Beach uses the cameras mentioned above, more than $2 million dollars of high technology equipment to fight crime plus the new addition of Automated License Plate Readers which silently keep watch on the city streets, exits and enter areas.

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Don’t hesitate! Report anything that looks suspicious by using your smart phone.
Call: 843-918-1382 for a quick response. Add this phone umber to your contacts before you leave home.

It's a scam! The IRS will not call you without first sending a letter. They will not ask for immediate payment, nor will they ask for payment methods like pre-paid cards. They do not threaten you nor do they use any reinforcement agencies. They have their own officials. You can report "IRS" related scams to their webpage

Burglaries: Beginning March 1, criminals will shift from home burglaries to auto break-ins. 66% of these unlocked cars, or car windows left open. Be particularly wary of dog parks! One is located near The Market Common on Mallard Lake Drive in Seagate Village, directly behind Food Lion. This 11- acre dog park attracts lots of burglaries every year due to the fact that people feel safe, so they leave their car unlocked and/or windows open in warmer weather.

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Putting a freeze on your Social Security card is recommended. Visit Clark Howard for more information

The most common crime (especially March through September) is car break-ins. Always remove anything of value from your car and double-check to be sure it is locked before you walk away. Beach area parking access areas (specifically at N. 67th, 64th, 48th and 34th) are recurring targets.

Memorial Day Weekend The population of Myrtle Beach swells to 500,000 on this weekend. The actual city population is 32,795 (in 2017.) About 300 police from South Carolina are also added to the current number of police. The Grand Strand brings in 16 million visitors a year in 2018)

Crime Prevention: IMPORTANT Add the number below to your contacts before you arrive at the beach. Always ALWAYS lock your car! Do not leave valuable items in plain view. If you notice someone (or something) that seems out of place, use your smart phone to get a photo of the license plate, then report suspicious people or activities. Do not hesitate to call 843-918-1382.

Crime Q & A, provided by the Myrtle Beach Message Board Administrators, Leo, Ron and myself (Patricia Blackstock.) Question 1:

The number of crimes (violent, property) are excessively high compare to the national average statistics were provided by the United States Consensus.
Question: So do these figures match neighborhoods?

Answer from Leo:
The question you are really asking is: "Is Myrtle Beach safe enough that I will feel comfortable living here?" The answer is YES!

When we first moved here, we started reading the newspaper online. Living in a resort location skews criminal statistics because of the transient nature and large numbers of petty criminals that frequent the place. Remember, our population increases to over 14 million people visiting us every year. Statistically, even if a fraction of 1% of those people are shady characters, I don't think the crime statistics  are that far out of line. However, if you account for that, you'll find Myrtle Beach in line with what you might see in a similar size community is not resort-driven.

So sure, if you read or view statistics every day and if you come across tatistics in say, Xenia, Ohio, then you may think we live in a cesspool of crime. In reality,mostly these crimes are petty - or when it is violent they tend be domestic in nature or at least violence perpetrated or known individuals. In other words,it's not random.

Here's something to keep in mind: in crowds that do not have qn immediate "solution", the local law enforcement organizations are VERY competent and amazingly successful in "getting their man" (or woman). There have been countless occasions when some perp is at large on a Tuesday, and by Thursday the Sun News is reporting that he is behind bard, eating his moldy bread and drinking dank water.And trust me, these crimes show no evidence to go on when first reported, so tracking down these clowns is not easy. Even without this disadvantage, the detectives are extremely efficient. I've read crime stories to my wife from the newspaper and finished by saying, "They'll have this guy in cuffs by the endof the day." Trust me on this. I'm seldom wrong."

The bottom line is this --- I never felt uncomforatble living here. Clearly there are areas to avoid at some tines during the night, but you're going to get that in any city or town of just about any size. Use common sense. But if you are worried about safety in your neighborhood, the local retail stores, malls and business, parks, etc. you're wasting your emotional cycles. You can feel completely safe and at ease living here.

Question 2:
Why are crime rates so high in Myrtle Beach?

Answer from Mike:
Myrtle Beach does have a higher than average crime rate due to its location and the larger number of transients during the summer season. Therefore it is NOT an accurate assessment. RELATIVE factors to most US cities, as it's ranking. Ranking does not have any effect on these figures. More agencies and organizations who di these ratings do not clarify their results, despite the continued objections of officials.

The results are skewed by car thefts (typical of a focused, seasonal tourist spot) and assults/robberies - many of which are a result if active drug sale attempts on or related to youth-oriented clubs (not the teen-oriented ones, but rather the 20-something crowd) that continue to be closed by the city in a major crackdown on nightclubs, taking responsibility for crimes that occur on their premises. Also, a significant number of people claim loss of valuable items during their stay in Myrtle Beach, based on "questionable"insurance claims. Hard to prove, suspicious indications were always there.

Bottom line: Most od the weight of crimes are not your typical tourist, but folks who have been in contact with other criminals or those whose behavior make them vulnerable. Quite often, tourists will drop their safety precautions during vacation. Therefore be sure you have locked your vehicle and secure anything of value. Do not leave anything visible through your car windows. Be aware of your surroundings, just as you do at home, and many concerns will be minimized.

Another question for Mike:
Even though Myrtle Beach has a transient population that contributes to the high crime rate, I'm concerned to find the crime rate is almost double to what you find in Nre Work city. NY has a lot of tourists coming and going to be the stereotype of "Crime City."

Mike's answer:
As I specified above, the crime stats are skewed by certain factors that aren't considered relative to other areas. Very few peope are affected by any crime in the area are typical tourists who exercise normal precautions. Certain events such as those connected with youth-oriented visitation periods - (Spring Break, the "Senior Weeks" from early to mid-June through Memorial Day Weekend, etc) tend to greatly contribute to those skewed numbers. However, these ranks fall significantly because several pro-active measures recently instituted by the city of Myrtle Beach and other Grand Strand municipalities) Any night club where patrons act against laws of the establishment will be shut down. Several major ones have already been shut down. Myrtle Beach now has specialized "Night Operation" teams officers who detect, prevent and react to crime in ALL areas of the city. I have frequent contact with them, and I perform operations with them."

Myrtle Beach has also purchased some versatile electric cars to replace the previous golf carts used in the Ocean Blvd. area. Bicycle and Segways have increased in number, training and coverage areas. Motorcycle patrols, trained dogs and more personnel have almost doubled. North Mtrtle Beach DOES does have a stronger crime rate, but that's because there is a smaller concentration of people.

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