Crime Statistics, 2021
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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Horry County's map for the last 48 hours, showing incidents that happened throughout the county. The new section is named "Horry County 48 Hour Crime Analysis" and features a map showing what happened in various areas of the city.

City of Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is planning to add 70 new police positions during the next seven years. Details of the plan, presented by Police Chief Amy Prock, are abailable online at:

Cameras: 859 traffic cameras are installed throughout the length of Ocean Blvd. (from US 17 Bus to 82nd Ave.) all major intersections along Yaupon Drive, the 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 additions of Automated license plate readers which silently keep watch on the city streets entrances and exit points.

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Do not hesitate to report anything that looks suspicious by using your smart phone.
Call: 843-918-1382 for a quick response. Add this number to your contacts before you leave home.

It's a scam! The IRS will not call you without sending a letter first. They will not ask for immediate payment, nor will they ever 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 cars are unlocked, or car windows left open. Be particularly wary of dog parks! One is located near he Market Common, Mallard Lake Drive, in Seagate Village, directly behind Food Lion. This 11- acre dog park attracts many burglaries every year, due to the fact that people feel safe, so they leave their car unlocked and/or windows open in wartm weather.

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Putting a freeze on your Social Securitycard is highly 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 parlkking areas, especially around N. 67th, 64th, 48th and 34th) are returning targets.

Memorial Day Weekend The population of the city of Myrtle Beach swells to 500,000 on this weekend. The actual population within the Myrtle Beach city limits is 31,783 (in 2019.) About 300 police from South Carolina were added to the current number of police. The Grand Strand brings in 16+ million visitors a year 2018) For every 100,000 people, there are 1,488 violent crimes reported. (June 18, 2020)

Crime Prevention: IMPORTANT Add the number below to your contacts before you arrive at the beach. Always ALWAYS lock your car! Do not leave anything of value in sight from your car windows. If you notice someone (or something) that seems out of place, use your smart phone to get a picture 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, compared to the national average statistics were provided by the United States Consensus.
So, do theswe numbers match the neighborhood?

Answer from Leo:
The question they 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 19 million tourists visiting us every year. Statistically, even if a fraction of 1% of these people are shady characters, I don't think any crime statistics  are that far out of line. However, if you accoount for all that, you'll find Myrtle Beach in line with what you might see in a similar size community is not resort-driven.

Here's something to keep in mind from one of our message board members, Leo: In crowds that do not have an 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 end of the day." Trust me on this. I'm seldom wrong."

The bottom line is this ---I never feel uncomfortable living here. Clearly there are areas to avoid at sometimes 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 hibgher 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 do these ratings, do not clarify their results, despite the continued efforts 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 of 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 certain that 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 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 New York 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 statistics are skewed by certain factors that aren't considered relative to other areas. Very few people 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. 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 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 have a stronger crime rate, but tht's becasuse there is a smaller concentration of people.

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