SLED releases 2020 crime report, asks public’s help to lower violent crime

State News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is asking for the public’s help to reverse an increase in violent crime following the release of the Crime In South Carolina 2020 Report Monday.

SLED said there was a 22.1% increase in murders and a 10.1% increase in aggravated assaults in 2020.

The data collected showed the rate of violent crime increased 6% compared to 2019 and 9.5% since 2015.

Property crimes continued to decrease except for arson which increased 22.7% after declining in 2018 and 2019, according to SLED.

Property crimes dropped 5.9% in 2020 when compared to the previous year. It is the ninth consecutive year the number of property crimes have declined.

“We must all work together to combat violent crime across this State and that means working
with our elected officials, with our criminal justice system partners, and with the community,” said Chief Mark Keel. “We must have community support, community interaction, community cooperation and
community investment to truly make an impact on crime”.

The data compiled for the SLED report come from sheriff’s departments and police departments across the state.

To read SLED’s full report, click here.

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