Crime decreases across South Carolina, parts of Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - According to a new report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, violent crimes in South Carolina have gone down 6 percent within the past year.

In the Lowcountry, the city of Charleston has seen a 26 percent drop, North Charleston shows a 28 percent drop and Mount Pleasant shows a 35 percent drop in violent crime.

Charleston had a 12 percent decrease in property crime while North Charleston dropped 8 percent and Mt. Pleasant dropped 2 percent.

Nationally, violent crimes are down 5.3 percent, which is down for the third year in a row. Property crimes are down 4.6 percent.

On the county level, crime in the Tri-County area crime has gone up in some parts.

Violent crimes in Berkeley County went up between 2008 and 2009, from 597 to 652. Crimes also went up in Dorchester County, from 433 to 434.

"Although we would like for the figures to be much lower, the FBI Crime Statistics for Berkeley County for 2009 show the results of a very proactive enforcement effort by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office," Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said Monday.

DeWitt added that the figures have remained basically the same for the past three years, although there was a slight increase in violent crimes.

"The sheriff's office is continuing its effort to further reduce the crime rates in Berkeley County," DeWitt said.

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