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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSurfside Beach/100k peopleSouth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime162n/a (estimate)3,7672,8002,324
Violent crime10n/a (estimate)233491370
Vehicle theft15n/a348.8249.2282.7
Property crime152n/a (estimate)3,5342,3081,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Surfside Beach, SC

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Surfside Beach crime rate is higher than the national average by 62.1%. Specifically, there were 10 violent crimes in Surfside Beach, equivalent to 233 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 37.1%. Furthermore, Surfside Beach recorded 152 property crimes, amounting to 3534 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 80.8%.

In the most recently reported crime year, Surfside Beach registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

Surfside Beach faces some of the nation's most elevated property crime rates, recording 3534 incidents per 100,000 people. This places the city among the worst 10% of all U.S. cities that reported crime. Regrettably, the likelihood of falling victim to property crime in Surfside Beach stands at 1 in 29, significantly surpassing the national average. These statistics underscore the imperative need for bolstered community safety measures to mitigate property crimes and enhance the well-being of its residents.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Surfside Beach?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Surfside Beach. Based on the results of the surveys (5 responses), 60% of people felt that there was very little crime in Surfside Beach and felt safe walking alone at night. While 40% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Surfside Beach a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Surfside Beach is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Surfside Beach has a total crime rate that is 62% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.44 daily crimes (0.03 violent daily crimes and 0.42 daily property crimes) in Surfside Beach.

Has Crime in Surfside Beach Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Surfside Beach crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Surfside Beach has increased by 11% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 23.1% and property crime has increased by 14.3%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Surfside Beach

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Surfside Beach crime rate. The poverty level in Surfside Beach is 8.8%, while the national average is 15.1%.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Surfside Beach, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 0 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

Surfside Beach has an average rental rate of $1,091 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Surfside Beach crime map

The Surfside Beach crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Surfside Beach as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Surfside Beach crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Surfside Beach crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Surfside Beach crime rates are 62% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Surfside Beach are 37% lower than the national average
      • In Surfside Beach you have a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Surfside Beach is safer than 28% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Surfside Beach has increased by 20%

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        Daily Crime In Surfside Beach (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Surfside Beach for every 100,000 residents. The Surfside Beach total amount of daily crime is 1.35 times more than the South Carolina average and 1.62 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Surfside Beach, is 2.11 times less than the South Carolina average, and it is 1.59 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Surfside Beach has a daily crime average that is 1.53 times more than the South Carolina average and 1.81 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Surfside Beach (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Surfside Beach, South Carolina compared to other areas of South Carolina, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Surfside Beach safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Surfside Beach is safer than 63% of South Carolina cities, and 28% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in South Carolina, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Surfside Beach. At this time, Surfside Beach sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Surfside Beach

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Surfside Beach is 1 in 431
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Surfside Beach is 1 in 29
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Surfside Beach is 1 in 27
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Surfside Beach? If you reside in Surfside Beach, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 431. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 29 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Surfside Beach, is 1 in 27.

        Year Over Year Crime In Surfside Beach (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Surfside Beach, SC is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Surfside Beach has decreased by 16%, while the property crime rate in Surfside Beach has increased by 24% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Surfside Beach has increased by 20% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Surfside Beach police department

        Item Surfside Beach South Carolina National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)285,812558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a5.13.3

        Sex offenders in South Carolina

        State Total offenders South Carolina /100K National /100K
        South Carolina15,193377266
        There are a total of 15,193 sex offenders in South Carolina. This yields a total of 377 sex offenders in South Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 42% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Briarcliffe Acres, SC5291989321,131
        Pawleys Island, SC831989321,131
        Murrells Inlet, SC9,2922481,1681,416
        Forestbrook, SC7,6133411,6031,944
        Garden City, SC11,1934462,0992,545
        Red Hill, SC16,2904662,1892,654
        Socastee, SC25,8465582,6223,180
        Surfside Beach, SC4,4702333,5343,767

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        Source: The Surfside Beach, SC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.