Statistics - Myrtle Beach

Crime Information
Crime statiestics for anyone interested local crimes
Crime Information - Myrtle Beach area
By Patricia Blackstock

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Horry County's website has a new feature: a map of crimes 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.

Finda current list of sex offenders here: HERE.

City of Myrtle Beach

 MyrtleBeach Cirt Council endorsed a plan to add 70 new police positions during the next seven years.  Details of the plan, presented by Police Chief Amy Prock, are available online: www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/PolicePlan.pdf

Cameras: 859 traddic cameras are now 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.

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 newest high tech Automated License Plate Readers which silently keep watch on the city streets, exits and entrances.

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Don’t hesitate! Report suspicious people by using the phone number below.
Call: 843-918-1382 for a quick response. Put it in your contact list 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 ask for payment methods like pre-paid cards.) They do not threaten you or use other enforcement agencies. They have their own officials. You an report "IRS" related scams to their webpage

Burglaries: Beginning March 1st, criminals will shift from home burglaries to auto break-ins. 66% of these involve unlocked vehicles or 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 burglaries every year due to the fact that people feel safe, so they leave their cars unlocked and windows open in warmer weather.

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Credit freeze on your Social Security card is recommended. Visit Clark Howard ffor more information.

The most common crime (especially March through September) is car break-ins. Always remove anything of value from your car and 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 population of the city of Myrtle Beach is actually 32,795 (in 2017.) About 300 police from all over South Caroina are adderd to police coverage. The Grand Strand brings in 16 million visitors per year. (2018)

Crime Prevention: Add this number (below) to your contact list BEFORE you arrive. Always lock your car. Do not leave valuable items in plain view. Or if you notice something (or someone) that seems out od place, use your smart phone to take a photosof the license plate and 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, 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: So do these figures match your nieghborhood?

Answer from Leo:
The question you are really asking is: "Is Myrtle Beach safe enough that I'll 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, iven 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 see the news every day, and if you try to compare it to the statistics 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 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 when some perp is at large on a Tuesday, and by Thursday the Sun News is reporting that he's behind bars 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 sprt of 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 at the end pof the day. I'm hardly ever 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 be 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 a good comparison based on RELATIVE factors to most US cities, as it's ranking. Ranking does not have any effect on these rankings. More agencies and organizations who do ratings and just do not adjust or 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 the result of naive drug-by 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 events that occur on their premises. Also, a significant number of people claim loss of valuable items while they visit Myrtle Beach, based on "questionable"insurance claims. Hard to prove, but suspicious indications were always there.

Bottom line: Most of the people feeling the weight of crime are not your typical tourist, but folks who have been in contact with other criminals or whose behavior make them vulnerable. Quite often, tourists will drop their safety precautions during vacation. Therefore, be certain you have locked your  vehicle and secure anything of value (do not leave anything visible through a car window.) Be aware of your surroundings just as you are 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 impressed to dind the crime rate is almost double what it is in New Yrok city. NY has a lot of tourists coming and going, but Myrtle Beach seems to be the stereotype of "Crime City."

Mike's answer:
As I specified above, the crime stars 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. Certin event 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 guests start acting against the law will be shut down. Several major ones have already been shut down. Myrtle Beach now has specialized "Night Operation" teams of uniformed and undercover officers who detect, prevent and react to crime in ALL areas of the city. I have frequet contact with them, and I perform operations with them.

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

Other topics concerning crime in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand:

Do you know the difference between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach?
Spot Crime in Myrtle Beach Horry County Sheriff's Office SC Sex Offender Registry Laws, National Ctr. fpr missing and exploited children, Atty General. See the link.
Crime Rates for Myrtle Beach City Rating for crime in the city of Myrtle Beach Police Department
Horry County CSI (Crime Scene Detection)
Georgetown County Sheriff's Office
South Carolina Crime Rates

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