Myrtle Beach property crime rises in 2013; violent crime decline - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Myrtle Beach property crime rises in 2013; violent crime declines

Posted: Updated:

MYTRLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- The 2013 crime index numbers show that the overall crime totals in Myrtle Beach are higher than the previous year.

Both violent and non-violent crimes are tallied. All together, the totals were higher, but crime prevention officer Pete Woods explains that the three most violent crimes are down, and the property crimes are where the numbers jumped.

"Those three crime categories which are serious—serious violent felonies are all down," Woods says. "Property crimes are where we took a spike, an increase."

Myrtle Beach's population grows rapidly during tourist seasons, jumping from about 29,000 to almost 400,000 people. This is where Woods said most of the property crimes happen, because people are on vacation and have a different mentality. They do not have safety in mind. 

"Whether it be 29,000 or 400,000, to only have two murders is outstanding. It's still the loss of two human lives," Woods says. "We're not Detroit, we're not Baltimore, we're not Philadelphia. We're Myrtle Beach, and we're not the most violent place in the United States of America."

Myrtle Beach's Public Information Officer Mark Kruea also pointed out that the crime rate increases when the population grows. He says neighborhood watch groups need to have a relationship with the police and communicate the things they see.

"It can't all be the police department.  The neighbors and the community have to be involved as well; it's definitely a partnership between the city and the residents to make sure their neighborhoods are safe," Kruea said.

Officer Woods attends over twenty different neighborhood watch meetings, and not all of these meetings are big and formal. He went to one on Wednesday night where he sat around the kitchen table just as friends and family would. He discussed the crime index numbers with the group over coffee and cake. He really builds a relationship with the neighborhoods so they don't just call him when it might be too late.

"It's more of the awareness, it's that you don't just meet the police when there is an extreme emergency," Woods says.

Neighborhood watches help police control areas better and provide an open communication between neighbors.  Neighborhood watch meetings are posted on the City of Myrtle Beach Website here:

http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/neighborhoodwatch.html

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

Special

More Crime on WMBFNews.com

Updated:

Click for more mugshots See "Horry County's Most Wanted" More>>

  • Local NewsLOCAL NEWSMore>>

  • 2 agencies partner for Backpack Buddies

    2 agencies partner for Backpack Buddies

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:41:34 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are working with HTC for a second season to bring Backpack Buddies Monday to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The program invites fans toMore >>
    The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are working with HTC for a second season to bring Backpack Buddies Monday to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The program invites fans to bring certain essentials to the ballpark for donation on Monday home games. Those donating will receive half-price admission on their Monday game ticket.More >>
  • GCSO to collect unwanted prescription drugs

    GCSO to collect unwanted prescription drugs

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:10:08 GMT
    GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - On Saturday, April 26 the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to preventMore >>
    On Saturday, April 26 the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.More >>
  • SCFC shares fire prevention tips

    SCFC shares fire prevention tips

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:26:42 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The spring season brought along warmer temperatures with its arrival. To celebrate the season and a tradition for some, people are preparing to spring clean. The South CarolinaMore >>
    The spring season brought along warmer temperatures with its arrival. To celebrate the season and a tradition for some, people are preparing to spring clean. The South Carolina Forestry Commission reminds folks, spring cleaning includes the outside of the home as well.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

918 Frontage Road East
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-9623
news@wmbfnews.com

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WMBF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.