Memorial Day weekend crime increases in some areas
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 16:49:32 GMT —
The crime numbers are tallied from the Memorial Day weekend, and they show some crimes were down while most went up.
Myrtle Beach police numbers show crime for 2012's Memorial Day weekend increased from last year in DUI, stolen vehicle, assault and battery, drug possession or sales, criminal sexual conduct/assault, strong armed robbery, weapons offenses, use of force incidents, officers injured, patrol vehicles damaged, traffic collisions, overtime hours, noise tickets issued, breaking and entering to hotels and homes.
The only numbers to stay the same were homicide, which were none, and traffic fatalities. In 2011 and 2012, one traffic fatality occurred in Myrtle Beach.
Armed robberies, stolen motorcycles and carjacking cases decreased by one respectively.
The city hired 242 additional officers for the holiday weekend. The last time they had that many extra officers on the streets was in 2008.
"We had the officers here this year that were able to jump on any problem and try to solve that problem right there on the spot. Yeah, we had a lot of tickets written, but that's because we had the extra number of officers," said Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes.
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Horry County police numbers mainly show an increase in traffic violations.
County police gave 82 speeding tickets over the weekend compared to 54 last year.
In a joint effort with the South Carolina Secretary of State's Office, Horry County police seized $504,000 in counterfeit merchandise from some vendors at Atlantic Beach Bike Fest.
Horry County fines for the weekend totaled $44,578.
North Myrtle Beach showed from May 25 to 27 police made 58 arrests, gave out 219 citations, and issued 47 warning tickets.
In the entire weekend, police issued 12 noise violation tickets. Officials say the number of citations is down compared to last year.
"It's an intense time. We have to work with our citizens who live there. We have to balance out life for them as well as for our visitors," explained North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley. "We still have the same problems, it's just not as great. We still have those who are traveling too fast. The noise of the bikes, the big house parties. Those are things that we still have to deal with."