SC murder rate reaches 5-year high according to SLED’s 2018 crime report

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW/WCBD) – The murder rate in South Carolina reached a 5-year high in 2018, according to a report from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

SLED”s “Uniform Crime Report for 2018” was released Friday, showing an increase in murders.

There were 393 murder victims in SC in 2018, marking a 5-year high for the number of murders, according to the report. SC’s murder rate increased by 3.5 percent from 2017 to 2018. The state saw 375 murders in 2017.

The state’s murder rate has decreased by about 32 percent since 1991, SLED’s report shows.

The report shows the number of murders and murder rates for 2018 for the following counties in the News 2 area:

  • Berkeley County- 8 murders in 2018
  • Charleston County- 46 murders in 2018
  • Colleton County- 9 murders in 2018
  • Dorchester County- 6 murders in 2018
  • Georgetown County- 7 murders in 2018
  • Williamsburg County- 7 murders in 2018

SLED’s report says there was a 16-percent increase in 2018 for the number of law enforcement officers assaulted.

The report shows the state’s violent crime rate dropped by two percent in 2018.

The property crime rate also decreased by four percent in 2018, compared to 2017, the report says. This marks the fifth consecutive year for a decline in property crime rates.

“I am pleased to see a steady decline in the number of property crimes and that the overall violent crime rate dropped,” said SLED Chief Mark Keel. “While these statistics are encouraging, I am deeply troubled by the increasing number of murders, domestic violence incidents and the number of law enforcement officers assaulted in our state.”

SLED says the data in the report is compiled from police and sheriff’s departments across the state.

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