NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Following the cities of Conway and Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach has released their 2013 crime statistics and show an overall 11.62 percent drop in all crimes.
All major crimes such as robbery, rape and burglary experienced declines with 27 percent, 20 percent and 38 decreases respectively.
Shoplifting cases in North Myrtle Beach are down by 7.6 percent, which the city believes is related to a slow economic recovery and continuing high unemployment.
"North Myrtle Beach detectives work very hard solving the cases and have a 50 percent overall clearance rate. They also focus a lot of time in recovering as much stolen property as possible and returning it to victims. During 2013, they returned just over $670,000 worth of stolen property to rightful owners," said city spokesman Pat Dowling.
"According to NMB Public Safety Director Jay Fernandez, the Public Safety Department's addition of a crime analyst has paid dividends. Due to the analyst's formal training, her use of crime tracking software programs, and her networking with other local, state and federal crime analysts, she is able to quickly spot crime trends and patterns and alert our detectives and officers to any hot spots within the community. Additionally, she alerts our officers about people who have recently been released from the County jail and prison so that our officers can monitor these individuals in an effort to prevent them from committing more crimes in our City."
To see the crime stats released by the City of Conway and the City of Myrtle Beach, check out this story: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/24807795/2013-violent-property-crimes-increase-in-myrtle-beach