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SOUTH CAROLINA VIOLENT AND PROPERTY CRIME RATES REPORTED FOR 2017

The rates for overall violent crimes in South Carolina dropped slightly in 2017 while property crimes that year also dropped when compared to 2016 according to reports released today by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

The Uniform Crime Report for 2017 showed the rate of violent crimes decreased 0.8 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. Murders in 2017 increased 1.7 percent while robberies dropped 5.9 percent. The rate of domestic violence assaults dropped three percent. The rate of property crimes dropped 2.6 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year.

“The crime rates are based on crimes per 10,000 residents of our fast growing state," said SLED Chief Mark Keel. “While the overall rates for both violent and property crimes decreased, what is troubling are increases in the number of murders, sexual battery, aggravated assaults and law enforcement officers assaulted in the state during 2017."

"Our great thanks to the sheriffs, chiefs of police, their officers and staff who protect our communities and contribute the data for this report," he said. “I also commend our colleagues at the state Department of Public Safety for assisting SLED in compiling this report."

The full Crime in South Carolina 2017 report can be found on the Crime Reporting and Statistics landing page of SLED's website at: http://www.sled.sc.gov/documents/Crime Reporting/SCCrimeBooks/2017%20Crime%20i n%20South%20Carolina.pdf

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