FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The Florence metropolitan area's drop in crime tripled the national average. According to the FBI - Florence and Darlington counties saw a 13 percent decrease in violent crime from 2012 to 2013. The national average fell about four percent during that time.
Overall, crime in the city of Florence dropped by more than ten percent. Property crimes were down in the Florence Metro Area, but up slightly in the city. The Florence Police Chief says neighborhood watch groups help lower crimes.
I also spoke with the Florence County Sheriff's Office – which says this decrease is a community effort.
Capt. Michael Nunn, Florence County Sheriff's Office says, "if we can take anything from the figures, it seems to be that with the help of crime watch organizations, crime stoppers, citizen involvement, training the officers and the use of high tech equipment we seem to be having a positive affect"
The sheriff's office also plans to focus on enforcing drug laws and investigating armed robberies AND burglaries and urging prosecutors to seek maximum sentences so there won't be as many repeat offenders on the streets.
Below is a link to a map of violent crime in the state of South Carolina. Things like murders, rapes and robberies. The darker the color, the higher the number. Although it's important to note, this map doesn't take into account a county's size, just the number of violent crimes reported.