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Property Crime

Crime affects individuals, families, and communities in different ways. Property crimes produce instability within the community leading to an increase of flight out of the neighborhood. Property crimes include the offenses of breaking and entering, motor vehicle theft, larceny, and arson. Between 2015 and 2021, property crimes in the region fell overall. In 2021, most property crimes were related to larceny.

Data Notes
Definition Property Crime:  The offenses of breaking and entering, motor vehicle theft, larceny, and arson.

  • Breaking and entering:  The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft.
  • Motor vehicle theft:  The stealing or attempted stealing of a motor vehicle (e.g., cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor-scooters, etc.) This excludes the unauthorized temporary taking of motor vehicles by those having lawful access.
  • Larceny:  The unlawful taking of property from the possession of another. It includes shoplifting, pocket-picking, purse snatching, thefts from motor vehicles, thefts of motor vehicle parts, and accessories without force, violence, or fraud. It does not include embezzlement, con games, forgery, bad checks, or motor vehicle theft.
  • Arson:  The unlawful and intentional damage or the attempt to damage any real or personal property by fire or incendiary device.
Data Source S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Crime in South Carolina Book
Last Updated April 2023