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Police report statistics for bike rally events past, present

Police reports compiled across the county outline the constant calls emergency responders answered to over the Memorial Day Weekend and the Harley Davidson Rally. (Source: Stephanie Robusto). Police reports compiled across the county outline the constant calls emergency responders answered to over the Memorial Day Weekend and the Harley Davidson Rally. (Source: Stephanie Robusto).
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Police reports compiled across the county outline the constant calls emergency responders answered to over the Memorial Day Weekend and the Harley Davidson Rally.

North Myrtle Beach: more arrests & tickets during the Harley Rally Week

While the City of North Myrtle Beach released police statistics for both events, it is important to note the date range is different for both bike events.

During the Harley Rally in 2015, North Myrtle Beach Police issued 48 arrests, 190 tickets, and 142 warnings.

During the Memorial Day Weekend in 2015, North Myrtle Beach Police issued 47 arrests, 176 tickets, and 178 warnings.

At first glance it looks like more arrests and tickets were issued during the Harley Rally, however, that number comes from data over a seven day period (May 10-16) while the statistics for Memorial Day Weekend come from only five days of data (May 21-25).

For additional data from North Myrtle Beach, click here.

HCPD: nearly double the warnings issued during Bikefest

The Horry County Police Department issued 162 warnings, 27 arrests, and 153 courtesy calls during the 2015 Harley Rally.

That is compared to 322 warning, 39 arrests, and 220 courtesy calls during the Memorial Day Rally.

The top infraction for both events was speeding, with 49 warnings during the Harley Rally, and 171 during the Memorial Day Rally. Other top violations during the Harley Rally include disorderly conduct (8 warnings, 2 arrests), equipment violations (24 warnings), and improper turn (14 warnings).

In all, the total fines and bond amount collected during the Harley Rally added up to $48,791.50.

Top violations during the Memorial Day Rally include disregarding traffic signals (21 warnings), equipment violations (32 warnings), and improper turn (22 warnings).

The total fines, and bond amount collected during bikefest added up to $68,428.25.

Here is a detailed breakdown of Horry County Police Department warnings, courtesy notices, and arrests during both events:
 Harley Rally   Memorial Day Weekend
Disregarding Traffic Signal  6 warnings, 9 courtesy 21 warnings, 8 courtesy
Speeding   49 warnings, 33 courtesy 171 warnings, 1 arrest
Improper Turn 14 warnings, 6 courtesy 22 warnings, 1 arrest
Fugitive Arrest     3 arrests 13 arrests
Vehicle License Violation 19 warnings, 16 courtesy  17 warnings, 3 arrests
Totals:  162 warnings, 27 arrests, 153 courtesy 322 warnings, 39, arrests, 220 courtesy

Memorial Day Weekends 2014 vs. 2015 in Myrtle Beach

Pulling data from police reports filed on p2c, there were far less reports for the Memorial Day Weekend of 2015 than the previous year.

The number one reason for an arrest based on current police reports was larceny. That number dropped from 103 reports last year during Bikefest to 48 this year.

Taking it one step further, WMBF News Reporter Stephanie Robusto compiled data from a holiday weekend with similar occupancy, separate from a bike rally event.

That holiday is the Fourth of July Weekend (July 4-7) and according to the CCU Lodging Report, there were more people in town that weekend than during the Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-26) of 2014.

The highest number of police reports were filed during the Memorial Day Weekend of 2014.


Below you can find the complete Myrtle Beach Police Department data set that Stephanie Robusto compiled:


Memorial weekend '14 Memorial weekend '15 July 4 weekend '14
Larceny  1034865
Assault     
221815
Drug Violation   842314
Robbery/ B&E        9/117/43/3
Stolen Property/ Autos   382910
DUI9 5 8
Destruction of Property 229 15


911 dispatchers: the unseen, unsung heroes

At any one time, there were 60-70 incidents going on. That's according to Toni Bessent, the Horry County 911 Director.

She had her department fully staffed with many workers pulling overtime. They added extra radios to the south, north, and Atlantic Beach areas to keep up with scanner traffic.

It took an extra dispatcher, Bessent explained, to monitor each of those radios to make sure all emergency responders on the street could communicate clearly.

“So that the radio wasn't so busy that if someone was in trouble they could get a word in edgewise. That's the fear. There's one person in here listening to a talk group, but there may be 20, 30, 50 people in the street who rely on that radio to talk to dispatch,” Bessent said.

The calls were constant as dispatchers took information from the public and relayed it to emergency responders.

“There were lots of serious things going on but they were generally individual events in different parts of the county that were easier to manage than last year,” Bessent said.

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