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Community violence subcommittee meets Wednesday to finalize survey

A survey will soon be sent out for the community to give their input on issues they may face in the neighborhoods they live in. (Source: WMBF News) A survey will soon be sent out for the community to give their input on issues they may face in the neighborhoods they live in. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A survey will be sent out in a few weeks to get the public's input on crime in the Grand Strand community.

One committee member said the team can look at numbers all day, but it is the residents living in the neighborhoods who can help combat some of the crime.

Police said late spring through the end of summer is always a busy time for them because that is when more people are in the area.

In response to that, the community violence committee is focusing on a community policing problem-solving model called Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment, or SARA.

The committee is currently in the scanning phase to try and understand the homicide trend that is happening locally. By the next meeting, the group will be in the analysis phase.

The members developed a crime survey to put out in different communities, which will initially be rolled out through an app. If the response isn’t high, the survey will be mailed to residents who live in neighborhoods with the highest crime rates.

"It will basically ask them if they've been a victim of crime, do they know someone that's been a victim of crime, what type of crime, what are the type of instances that you experience or observe in your community, some demographics as far as their age, race, location, where they live,” said committee member Tom Fox. "We will assemble all of that, compare it to our crime stats and then come up with a strategy."

Once committee members have the survey results, they will come up with more community policing events and programs.

The next meeting will be Wednesday at 4 p.m., at the Horry County Government and Justice Center.

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