COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has released the latest crime numbers for the state. While the Palmetto State has seen a decrease in violent crime overall, Richland County has the second highest number of murders in the state.
The report measures violent crime, which consists of murders, sexual battery, robberies, and aggravated assaults throughout the state in 2017.
In Richland County, there were 33 murders, 219 reports of sexual battery, 2,184 aggravated assaults, and 615 robberies. These are some of the highest rates in the state; however, there are some slight improvements from the year before.
In 2016, SLED indicates that in Richland County there were 36 murders, 245 reports of sexual battery, 2,268 aggravated assaults, and 3,055 robberies – nearly five times as many robberies reported in 2017.
As a whole, the state has seen a decrease in violent crime, dropping .8% between 2016 and 2017.
Since 1991, the rate of violent crime has gone down nearly 50%.
For the full report, visit the SLED website here.