Violent crime in Myrtle Beach drops in 2011

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The Myrtle Beach Police Department has released its crime numbers from 2011, showing a significant decline in violent crime from 2010.

A quick glance at Myrtle Beach Police's Police to Citizen website can sometimes show up to 15 pages of police reports over the course of a four day span. But according to Myrtle Beach Police's data, crime in general in the city is down.

In 2010, Myrtle Beach Police investigated 483 total violent crimes. Those crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In 2011, that number went down nearly 100 to 389.

To break down those numbers even further, the only rise in violent crime in the City of Myrtle Beach was four murders in 2011 versus just one in 2010. However, MBPD said there were 39 cases of rape in 2010 versus 35 in 2011, 189 robberies in 2010 versus 163 in 2011 and 254 aggravated assaults in 2010 versus just 187 in 2011.

While property crimes in general rose from 4,160 in 2010 to 4,190 in 2011, the only crimes to see an increase were larcenies and motor vehicle thefts. Those numbers moved up from 3,061 larcenies to 3,248 and 301 motor vehicle thefts to 340.

Burglaries in the city limits fell from 793 in 2010 to 600 in 2011, while arsons fell from five in 2010 to just two in 2011.

[To view a list of all crimes from 1995 to 2011, click here (PDF)]

Capt. David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said there's still some work to do and the department hopes to see those numbers drop even more.

"We are happy to report that the numbers of violent crimes are down for this year, however, we realize that there is still a lot of work to do," Knipes told WMBF News. "Our goal is to use every resource possible to reduce these numbers even more and we are hopeful that by working hand in hand with the community, that we can achieve that goal."

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