At Protect America, we’ve put together a list of the 10 cities in South Carolina with the lowest burglary rates.

We call these cities “Burglary Safe Zones.” We’ve also made a list of the 10 cities in South Carolina with the highest burglary rates. We call these cities “Burglary Hot Spots.”

Our lists are based on data from the recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. We only counted cities that submitted burglary data.


2016 South Carolina Burglary Safe Zones

  1. Burnettown
    • Population 2,782, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: Burnettown is a town in Aiken County.
  2. Ridge Spring
    • Population 744, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Ridge Spring is a town in Saluda County.
  3. Tega Cay
    • Population 9,501, Burglaries 13
    • Town trivia: Tega Cay is Polynesian for ‘Beautiful Peninsula.’
  4. Pelion
    • Population 702, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: On October 4, 2015, ‘Flood Baby’ Kensley Grace was born during one of the worst floods in South Carolina’s history, where trucks could barely deliver anything to the hospital.
  5. Fort Mill
    • Population 13,532, Burglaries 21
    • Town trivia: The last meeting of the full Confederate Cabinet was held at the White Homestead in Fort Mill.
  6. Due West
    • Population 1,256, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Due West is home to Erskine Theological Seminary.
  7. Mount Pleasant
    • Population 80,446, Burglaries 138
    • Town trivia: Mount Pleasant was one of the first cities to pass a ‘pay-before-you-pump’ gas ordinance.
  8. Saluda
    • Population 3,618, Burglaries 7
    • Town trivia: The word “Saluda,” came from the Cherokee word “Tsaludiyi,” meaning “Green Corn Place.”
  9. Chesterfield
    • Population 1,452, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: The “great syenite dyke” extends from Hanging Rock through Taxahaw to the Brewer and Edgeworth mine in Chesterfield.
  10. Quinby
    • Population 950, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Quinby is a town in Florence County.

2016 South Carolina Burglary Hot Spots

  1. Mullins
    • Population 4,503, Burglaries 131
    • Town trivia: Mullins school systems were finally integrated in 1970.
  2. Denmark
    • Population 3,334, Burglaries 92
    • Town trivia: Dr. Orlando White became the first black mayor of Denmark in 1987.
  3. Dillon
    • Population 6,618, Burglaries 181
    • Town trivia: Dillon is home to the “Little Pee Dee River.”
  4. Blackville
    • Population 2,307, Burglaries 59
    • Town trivia: Blackville holds God’s Acre Healing Springs, a small patch of land whose legal owner is “God Almighty.”
  5. Hampton
    • Population 2,678, Burglaries 62
    • Town trivia: Hampton is named after Confederate general Wade Hampton III.
  6. Marion
    • Population 6,710, Burglaries 137
    • Town trivia: Marion was once named “Liberty.”
  7. Surfside Beach
    • Population 4,276, Burglaries 85
    • Town trivia: Surfside Beach is nicknamed “The Family Beach.”
  8. Holly Hill
    • Population 1,243, Burglaries 24
    • Town trivia: Civil War-era cannonballs were found in a Holly Hill home this past year.
  9. Pageland
    • Population 2,742, Burglaries 52
    • Town trivia: Pageland hosts an annual Watermelon festival, highlighting the importance of watermelons, where their water tower even pictures a watermelon.
  10. Estill
    • Population 2,022, Burglaries 38
    • Town trivia: Estill is a town in Hampton County.

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