Surfside Beach, SC
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With a crime rate of 69 per one thousand residents, Surfside Beach has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 15. Within South Carolina, more than 89% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Surfside Beach.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a town's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 4,280, Surfside Beach has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Surfside Beach does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Surfside Beach.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Surfside Beach does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Surfside Beach.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Surfside Beach occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Surfside Beach; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 329. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Surfside Beach is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Surfside Beach, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 15, which is a rate of 66 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Surfside Beach has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Surfside Beach is one in 171.

Surfside Beach Crime Data

 

Crime Index

2

(100 is safest)


Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities

Surfside Beach Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

13

282

295

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

3.04

65.89

68.93

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Surfside Beach 3.04
South Carolina 5.04

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 329

in Surfside Beach

1 in 198

in South Carolina

Surfside Beach VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 4,280
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 1 6 6
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.23 1.40 1.40

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Surfside Beach 65.89
South Carolina 32.93

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 15

in Surfside Beach

1 in 30

in South Carolina

Surfside Beach Property CRIMES

Population: 4,280
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 85 172 25
Rate per 1,000 19.86 40.19 5.84

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Surfside Beach Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Surfside Beach 155
South Carolina 35

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