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The rates for overall violent crimes and property crime in South Carolina fell in 2018, according to a report released Friday by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division. The number of murders in 2018 reached a 5-year high with 393 victims, while the number of law enforcement officers assaulted increased 16 percent.

The Uniform Crime Report for 2018 showed the rate of violent crimes decreased by two percent. The rate of property crimes dropped four percent when compared to the previous year. It was the fifth consecutive year the number of property crimes declined.

“I am pleased to see a steady decline in the number of property crimes and that the overall violent crime rate dropped,” SLED chief Mark Keel said. “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.”

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

“Our sincere thanks to the sheriffs, chiefs of police, their officers and staffs who protect our communities and provide the data for this report,” Keel added.

The full Crime in South Carolina 2018 Report is available on SLED’s website at www.sled.sc.gov.