Consider This: Crime in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The death of a young woman who was shot outside of a south Myrtle Beach nightclub has community groups calling for city leaders to do more to help them stop the violence.

Consider This: A majority of the criminal activity along the Grand Strand is happening in the central and south end of Myrtle Beach. We've reported on serious crimes in the city zeroing in on hot spots and that area is consistently at the center of criminal activity.

Some Myrtle Beach leaders choose to put their heads in the sand when it comes to crime in their city and act as if there is not a problem. Well there is a problem. It's time for everyone to realize there are real issues that need attention. When past reports have categorized Myrtle Beach as a high crime city leaders have brushed off those reports and blamed the high rate on the influx of tourists. But that boat won't float.

Until city leaders and community groups ramp up the commitment to work together to eliminate the drug use, prostitution and other less serious crimes the rate of more aggressive crimes will continue. That's bad news for our tourism industry and even worse news for the people who live here.

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