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The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The statistics for crimes reported in the Myrtle Beach in 2012 indicates an increase of violent crimes and decrease of property crimes.
But that doesn't tell the whole story. The report released by Myrtle Beach Police says they investigated five murders in 2012 – the highest they've dealt with since 2006. There were four in 2011.
The number of rape cases totaled 42, a 20 percent increase over the sexual assaults in 2011.
Robberies also increased in 2012, but aggravated assaults saw a decline from 187 in 2011 to 178 in 2012.
Though property crimes as a whole decreased, certain types of them did not. There were only two arson cases under investigation in the Myrtle Beach area in 2011. In 2012, police filed reports on 13.
Burglaries also increased about 10 percent. But larcenies and motor vehicle thefts declined.
The total number of property crimes for 2012 – 3,794 – is the lowest number of those types of crimes reported in Myrtle Beach for the year as a whole since at least 1995 when current records begin.
Myrtle Beach City Councilman Randal Wallace said this number is so low likely because of more neighborhood watches that have been formed in the last year.
that we've been doing where we've had these crime watches begin to happen all
over across the city and they've doubled
this year from nine to about 19 now. That's working. They know who their neighbors
are, they know who's supposed to be in the neighborhood, who's not and that I think
is showing," Wallace said.
Wallace also noted the total number of violent crimes reported in 2012, 420, is actually low considering how many visitors travel to Myrtle Beach each year.
"That's the thing you always have to remember when you see us ranked 21st, they're basing that on our per capita of 27,000 people who live here. When, in reality, you know we have half a million people here at any given time from May 'till the end of September," Wallace said.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>