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Myrtle Beach's crime statistics plummet, reports show

NOVEMBER 1, 2022

Myrtle Beach’s investment in Police Department personnel and technology has paid off with significantly lower crime statistics. Police Chief Amy Prock presented an end-of-season update to City Council during Tuesday’s workshop. These graphs show a 22 percent decrease in violent crime between 2017 and 2021 and a 29 percent decrease in property crime during that same five-year period. Myrtle Beach has installed more than 1,000 security cameras throughout the city, plus license plate readers at all of the entrances and exits. Salary increases this year mean that Myrtle Beach Police Officers are among the highest-paid in the state. Recruiting is underway to fill additional police positions. While the city’s permanent population is about 36,000, our millions of visitors push the average-daily-population to 150,000 or more.