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Study: SC 5th In U.S. For Violent Crimes

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Study Says SC 5th National For Violent Crimes Study Says SC 5th National For Violent Crimes
South Carolina has been ranked 5th in the nation for violent crimes by 24/7 Wall Street. They say the ranking stems from high poverty and low education rates.

"We're losing a whole generation with education - they don't know what doors that opens up," says Picken's County Sheriff Rick Clark.

Violent crimes for the most part are steady in Pickens County says Sheriff Clark, but there are some cases which increase the counties murder rate.

"Our biggest violent crimes over the past five years or so have been mothers killing their children and family members - that's what makes our murders per year spike up," Clark says.

Violent Crime includes four different categories according to the FBI; Murder, Forcible Rape, Aggravated Assault and Robbery. We asked several Upstate Counties for their latest violent crime numbers.

Greenville County

       Murder -                       2012: 17     2013: 18
       Forcible Rape -            2012: 147    2013: 80
       Aggravated Assault-    2012: 921    2013: 740
       Robbery-                      2012: 425    2013: 300

Spartanburg County:

       Murder -                       2011: 7      2012: 8
       Forcible Rape -            2011: 78     2012: 78
       Aggravated Assault -   2011: 123   2012: 98
       Robbery -                    2011: 401    2012: 395

Anderson County (numbers from Jan. 1 - Oct. 23 of each year)

       Murder -                        2012: 9     2013: 8
       Forcible Rape -             2012: 44   2013: 54
       Aggravated Assault -   2012: 434  2013: 407
       Robbery -                     2012: 85    2013:  113

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