MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- Locals admit 3rd Avenue South hasn't always had the best reputation. They feel that doesn't necessarily make it any worse than other parts of the city despite a shooting and carjacking at one of the avenue's gas stations.
"We do hear the sirens every day; fire, rescue, police cars, we hear them everyday," Ricky Rodgers said. Rodgers feels that most of what he hears is because of the mere fact that 3rd Avenue South connects Highway 501 to Kings Highway and not necessarily because it's a bad part of the city. He doesn't believe it's a dangerous area.
"To me, it's not about the neighborhood, it's the people," Rodgers added. He explained that it's all about a person's character and there are bad people everywhere.
Despite a shooting over night at the Scotchman, some are still feeling safe. "I pass that store twice a day, everyday, for months on the way to work and I've never had a problem," Mike Dockray said.
Police say they assign areas, including 3rd Avenue South, to officers on patrol. The goal is to cover every area of the city at any given time.
"You see Myrtle Beach Police, they're on bicycles up and down Ocean Boulevard, and everything else, they try to, they do what they can with what they got," Dockray said.
City Spokesman, Mark Kruea, says it can't all be up to police to keep the area safe and that residents have to hop on board too. He says neighborhood watch groups are the best way to work a good line of communication between police, residents and the city.
"I live in a neighborhood over here where a lot of people would think is a less than neighborhood, but we have a neighborhood watch, we know all of our neighbors. We look out for each other which is how it should be regardless of where you are," Rodgers agreed.
Kruea also noted there is construction going on, up and down 3rd Avenue South and hopes this too will help the areas image.
Locals recommend there is one way to stay safe, and that's knowing the situation you are walking into at any given moment, no matter what part of town you are in.