“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Crime can happen anywhere, from the smallest towns to rural communities to bustling urban centers. Particularly in the shadows of the current opioid epidemic gripping our country, crime is a concern everywhere you go. That being said, some communities are safer than others. And some, like Myrtle Beach, have some work to do on preventing crime and protecting citizens from crime. Let’s take a snapshot of the most recent crime data and go over some ways to protect yourself and your property.

Myrtle Beach Crime Rates

The most recent crime data available is for 2017 and while the numbers are slowly getting better, many crime analysts still give Myrtle Beach an F on crime. What kind of crime is responsible for these findings? Here are some fast facts:

Law enforcement officials do have a plan to address the local crime rate. That plan includes adding more officers, increasing officer salary to get and retain top-notch officers, additional training and adding a “Power Shift” of additional police presence from the hours of 3 P.M. to 3 A.M. – the peak crime hours.

Protecting Yourself from Crime

There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property from crime. The first and most obvious is to always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Put your cell phone away and focus on the area around you when going from a vehicle to a building and vice versa. Minimizing your distractions allows you to notice things you might otherwise miss and helps you avoid crimes of opportunity. Here are a few other ways to protect yourself:

Unfortunately, crime can happen anywhere and to anyone, but with Myrtle Beach crime rates as high as they are, following some common safety practices can make you less desirable as a target for criminals. First and foremost, being aware and alert is the number one key to prevent becoming a victim of crime.