FBI data: Local town has 3rd lowest violent crime rate in South Carolina


Surfside Beach leaders are crediting the town's police department for keeping the violent crime rate among the lowest in the state.

"We encourage our officers to be proactive, stay out, stay vigilant, stay alert, stop suspicious vehicles, stop suspicious people," Police Chief Ken Hofmann said.

According to the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime statistics, Surfside Beach had 1.14 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.

Elsewhere on the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach has 7.6 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, and Myrtle Beach has 16.8.

Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea told ABC15 that he doesn't think Surfside's ranking would draw tourists away from the city.

ABC15 also spoke to several people who say they feel safe everywhere on the Grand Strand.

"I don't know if it's that nothing here scares me, but it's just really nice," Dawn Kirchberger explained. "It's pretty. Anywhere I take the children, I feel safe."

The town with the second least violent crime was Tega Cay, with 0.8 incidents per 1,000 people.

Isle of Palms, near Charleston, came in first place. The city had no violent crimes in 2016.

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