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Website ranks Myrtle Beach 17th 'Most Dangerous US City'

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A map showing the crime rate by neighborhood. (Source: http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/) A map showing the crime rate by neighborhood. (Source: http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach is once again near the top of NeighborhoodScout.com's list of the "100 Most Dangerous Cities in the US", this year coming in at 17, four spots higher than last year's ranking.

"With a crime rate of 170 per one thousand residents, Myrtle Beach has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities," the website states in its description of Myrtle Beach's crime rate. According to the statistics, the chance of becoming the victim of a violent or property crime in Myrtle Beach is about one in six.

Crime statistics released this week by the City of Myrtle Beach do show an increase in both violent and property crimes in 2013: 458 total violent crimes in 2013, compared to 420 the previous year. However, the number of murders, rapes and robberies decreased as the number of aggravated assault increased from 178 in 2012 to 228 in 2013.

"For Myrtle Beach, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small)," stated analysts for NeighborhoodScout.com. Based on reported FBI crime data, the chance of becoming a victim of forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, or aggravated assault in Myrtle Beach is one in 60.

The total number of property crimes in 2013 is a nearly six percent increase over 2012, jumping from 3,794 to 4,006, according to the city's crime statistics. 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 cases, more than any year on record in the statistics that date back to 1995.

According to NeighborhoodScout.com, the chance of becoming a victim of a property crime in Myrtle Beach is one in seven, or a rate of 154 property crimes per 1,000 population.

"Importantly, we found that Myrtle Beach has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data," the site states. "This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Myrtle Beach is one in 82."

The site ranked cities of 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000, from data reported to the FBI.

See NeighborhoodScout.com's complete list of the "100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities here:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/neighborhoods/crime-rates/top100dangerous/

Read an in-depth report on the city's 2013 crime statistics here:

http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/24807795/2013-violent-property-crimes-increase-in-myrtle-beach

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