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Police presence in Carolina Forest grows

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - Carolina Forest is one of the fastest-growing areas in the county, and with more people moving into the area, police are dealing with more 911 calls. Longtime homeowners in this area say it was a necessary move to add more police.

"I've lived here 10 years," said Kathy Maham, who lives in the Avalon Subdivision in Carolina Forest. "And I think it's a little bit more unnerving now. I guess because there's more businesses, and the economy's bad."

There are now two smaller sectors inside the Carolina Forest area that officers patrol. Back in the beginning of March, Horry County police made changes to the coverage areas of the county, which put more officers in the 29579 zip code.

In Carolina Forest, there is now an officer with a focus on Carolina Forest Boulevard, and an officer with a focus on River Oaks. These two officers handle those major roads and all the subdivisions that connect to it. There's also another officer who focuses on the Forestbrook area as a whole.

WMBF News pulled the police reports, and the 3 extra officers have responded to more than 7,000 calls in the past four months. It may sound like a lot to the average person, but Lt. Robert Kegler says having more officers in these areas makes it all easier to handle.

Click here to see a list of each type of incident that police responded to in Carolina Forest between March and August 2013.

"They have time to police," said Kegler. "They're not responding to a call, writing a report, clearing and going to the next call. They have time to actually police the areas that they are assigned to."

These are uniformed officers who are patrolling these areas 24/7, and also responding to calls. The top incidents these officers have responded to are business and home alarms, and suspicious person or vehicle calls.

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