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What are Crime Rates in South Carolina?

South Carolina has the third highest rate of violent crime in the country, behind Alaska and Tennessee, according to FBI crime data.

In 2011, there were 571.9 incidents of violent crime for every 100,000 people, significantly higher than the national average of 386.3 incidents per 100,000. (The number of incidents per 100,000 is a standard measure used by states to report crime data to the FBI.)

However, 2011 was an improvement over 2010, when the rate was 602.2.

When it comes to specific types of violent crime, the results were mixed:

  • There were 320 murders, an increase of 20.8 percent from the 265 in 2010.
  • There were 1,612 incidents of forcible rape, a 3.9 percent increase from the prior year.
  • Robberies declined 14 percent to 4,313.
  • Aggravated assaults declined 2.7 percent to 20,515.

Property Crimes in South Carolina

The rate of property crime is also high in South Carolina. There were 3,904.2 incidents per 100,000 people in 2011, compared to a national average of 2,908.7.

The total number of property crimes increased slightly from 2010.

  • There were 46,921 burglaries in 2011, an increase of 1.4 percent from 2010.
  • Incidents of larceny/theft grew slightly - 0.5 percent - to 122,100.
  • There were 13,664 motor vehicle thefts, an increase of 2.8 percent.

Crime in South Carolina Cities and Towns

The chart below shows incidents of major crimes in South Carolina’s five most populous cities. As you’ll see, the largest cities do not always have the highest crime rates. For example, Rock Hill’s population is about half that of Charleston’s, yet residents of Rock Hill are more likely to be victims of rape or burglary.

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Burglary
Charleston 121,481 11 30 162 527
North Charleston 98,606 5 35 184 999
Mount Pleasant 68,633 2 3 27 175
Rock Hill 66,924 4 46 71 537
Greenville 59,089 5 22 110 732

By contrast, this chart shows the incidents of major crimes in the five South Carolina towns with the smallest populations.

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Burglary
Jamestown 73 0 0 1 0
West Union 294 0 0 0 8
Eutawville 319 0 0 0 10
Nichols 372 0 0 0 10

For data on every city and town in South Carolina, use this UCR link.

Benefits of a Home Security System

Not sure if you need a home security system? Here are a few of the many benefits to purchasing one.

  • Peace of mind - You will rest easier knowing that your family is safe and your valuables are protected. Reputable studies have shown that alarms drastically decrease the likelihood of a break-in.
  • Insurance discounts - Most insurance companies offer discounts of 15 percent to 20 percent off your homeowner’s policy if you have a security system.
  • Life safety - The vast majority of home security systems also offer fire and carbon monoxide protection.
  • Advanced features - Modern home security systems do far more than ward off burglars. Use them to keep an eye on your kids while you’re away, or to turn the lights on and off while you’re on vacation.

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