CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A report released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division states the murder rate in the state increased 21.1 percent from 2010 to 2011.
"What's important to remember is that in 2010 our state had the lowest murder rate since we began keeping statistics in 1975," SLED Chief Mark Keel said.
The Uniform Crime Report released on Monday also stated that the rate of violent crime in the state decreased 2.2 percent in 2011 compared to 2010.
"The Uniform Crime Report gives us a snapshot in time to use as a barometer of criminal activity," Keel said."While the decrease in overall violent crime is encouraging, increases in some categories tell us there's still much work to be done."
According to Keel, the figures in the report came from the sheriff's departments and police departments statewide.
The full report is available on SLED's website at www.sled.sc.gov