Horry County's website has a new feature: a map of the crimes that happened in the last 48 hours throughout the county. The new GIS map section is called "Horry County 48 Hour Crime Analysis" and features a map showing the crimes that have happened in the unincorporated areas of the county

City of Myrtle Beach

The cemeras have been a New Technology Takes Law Enforcement to New Level: Myrtle Beach uses more than $2 million dollars of high technolony equipment to fight and prevent crime. These new tools include more than 800 video cameras installed at intereections and other areas around the city. The newest high-tech tools are Automated License Plate Readers which silently keep watch of city entrances and exits.

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Don’t hesitate! Report suspicious persons to the Myrtle Beach emergency number at:
843-918-1382. The Myrtle Beach Police have 3-minute response time.

Cameras: (new June 2015) 850 traffic cameras are now being installed the length of Ocean Blvd (from US 17 Bus to 82nd Ave.) all major intersections, along Yaupon Drive, Convention Center, Grand Park, ball fields, etc.

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Burglaries: Beginning March 1st, criminals will shift from home burglaries to auto break-ins. They average 29 a day during tourist season. 66% of these involve unlocked vehicles or windows left open. Be particularly wary at the dog parks. One is located near The Market Common. on Mallard Lake Drive in Seagate Village, directly behind Food Lion. This 11-acre outdoor dog park attracts burglaries every year due to the fact that peoplefeel safe qand leave their cars nlocked and/or the windows are left open in warm weather.

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The most common crime (especially March through September) is car break-ins. Always lock your car and remove anything of value. Beach access parking areas in the Avenues (specifically at N. 67th, 64th, 48th and 34th) are recurring targets.

Memorial Day Weekend The population of the city of Myrtle Beach swells to 500,000. About 300 police from across SC are added to police coverage. (The Grand Strand brings in over 14 million+ visitors a year.

Crime Prevention: Always lock your car Do not leave valuable items, or guns, in plain view. If you notice something (or someone) that seems out of place, use your cell phone—take pictures of the license plate and report suspicious people and activities to the police. 843-918-1382.


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

Question 1:
The number of crimes (violent, property) are excessively high compare to the national average statistics were provided by United States Consensus. Question: do these numbers really represent your neighborhood?

Answer from Leo:
The question you're really asking is, "Is Myrtle Beach safe enough that I'll feel comfortable living here?" The answer is YES.

When we firest 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 ffrequent the place. Remember, our population increases to over 14 million people visiting us every year. Statistically, if even a fraction of 1% of those people are shady characters, you'll have your share of issues to deal with. However, if you account for that appropriately I don't believe the crime statistics are that far out of line with what oyou maty gain in similar size communities that are not resort-driven.

So sure, if you read the newspaper every day, and if you try to compare it to the statistics in say, Xenia, Ohio, then you may walk away thinking we live in a cesspool of crime. In reality most of the crime is either petty or, when it is violent, tends to be domestic in nature or at least violence perpetrated or known individuals. IIn other words, it's not random.

Here's something important to keep in mind:  In crimes that don't 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 where some perp is at-large on a Tuesday, and by Thursday the newspaper is reporting that he's behind bars eating his moldy bread and drinking his dank water. And trust me, some of these crimes have very little evidence to go on when first reported so tracking down these clowns is not easy. Even at the kind of disadvantage the city and county detectives are extremely efficient. I've read a crime story in the newspaper to my wife and finished by saying, "They'll have this guy in cuffs by the end of this week." I'm hardly ever wrong.

The bottom line is this -- I never felt uncomfortable one second while living here. Even in areas that Patrish professes some degree of fear I don't think it's quite as bad as the reputation may suggest. Clearly there are areas to avoid at some times of the night, but you're going to get that in ANY city or toewn of just about any size. Use common sense. But if you're worried about safety in yiyr neighborhood or while you're shopping at the local retail stores, malls, or business parks, you're wasting your emotional cycles. There is absolutely no need to be anything but completely at ease while living here.

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

Answer from Mike:
Myrtle Beach does have a higher-than-average crime rate due to its location and the large number of transients during the summer season. Therefore, it is NOT a good comparison based on RELATIVE factors to most US cities, as it's rankings/ratings do not reflect these factors. Most agencies and organiations who do the rating don't adjust or clarify their results, despite the continued objections of local officials.

The results are skewed hy car thefts (typical of a focused, seasonal tourist spot), and assaults/robberies - many of which are the result of naive drug-buying attempts or related to certain youth-oriented clubs (not the teen-oriented ones, but the 20-something crowd) that continue to be closed by the city in a major crakdown clubs taking responsibility for events that occur on their premises. Also a significant number of persons seem to claim loss of valuables items while on vacation here in "questionable" insurance claims. Hard to prove, but the "suspicious"indications are alwys there,.

Bottom line: Most people experiencing the effects of crime are not the typical tourist, but folks who have engaged in conduct or behavior that made them vulnerable. Fairly often, tourists will often drop their safety precautions during vacation. Therefore, be sure to lock your vehicle, secure your valuiables, be aware of your surroundings, as you usually are, and many concerns are minimized.

Another question for Mike:
Even though Myrtle Beach has the transient population that contributes to the high crime rate, I'm surprised to see the crime rate is almost double what it is in New York City. NY has a lot of tourists coming and going, but have the stereotype that it's 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 that exercise normal precautions. Certain events such as concentrated youth-oriented visitation periods - (Spring Break, the "Senior Weeks" from early to mid-June, Memorial Day Weekend, etc) tend to greatly contribute to those skewed numbers. It is a relatively low crime area if you remove those periods. However, these rates will most likely fall significantly because of several pro-active measures recently instituted by the city of Myrtle Beach and other Grand Strand municipalities) Any night club that has repeat unresolved problems will be closed (several major ones have already been shut down.). Myrtle Beach now has specialized "Night Operations" teams of uniformed and undercover officers who detect, prevent and react to crime in ALL area of the city where they've been quite effective; I have frequent contact with perform occasional joint operations with them. Myrtle Beach also purchased a new and more mobile versatile electric cars to replace replace the previous golf carts used in the Ocean Blvd. area, Bicycle patrol and Segways and have incfreased in numbers, training and coverage areas. Motorcycles patrol, police dog units and personnel have almost doubled. North Myrtle Beach does have a better crime rate, but this is primarily beause there is less concetration of people.

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Crime Statistics - Myrtle Beach
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