MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Statistics released by the Myrtle Beach Police Department show an increase in both violent and property crimes in 2013.
But although the total number of violent crimes increased to 458 in 2013, as compared to 420 in 2012, the individual categories paint a different picture.
The number of murders, rapes and robberies decreased. The increase in total violent crimes for the year comes from the increase in aggravated assault: 228 in 2013 as opposed to the 178 in 2012.
The total number of property crimes in 2013 is a nearly six percent increase over 2012, jumping from 3,794 to 4,006.
The number of larcenies, motor vehicle thefts and arson increased, but the number of burglaries decreased by almost six percent. There were 18 reported arson case, more than any year on record in the statistics that date back to 1995.
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The Conway Police Department also released their crime statistics for 2013. It shows a decrease in six out of eight crime categories from 2012 to 2013. The number of homicides remained the same at two. The only crime to see increases in the past year was larceny with 800 in 2013 as opposed to the 790 reported in 2012.