The Crime Prevention Unit is a pro-active liaison between the community and the police department. The Crime Prevention Officer works daily within the community to provide information related to crime prevention techniques and also provides awareness regarding activities within the community. The Crime Prevention Unit works within neighborhoods as well as businesses, schools, and special events.
One of the most important programs the Crime Prevention Unit is involved in is the Neighborhood Watch Program. This program was initiated to increase communication, provide information about crimes occurring in specific neighborhoods as well as establishing a direct liaison within the police department. The Crime Prevention Officer coordinates the Neighborhood Watch Program and works with community members to facilitate communication among all community members. Currently, the Myrtle Beach Police Department works with over 20 active Neighborhood Watch programs throughout the city. If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch in your area, call the Crime Prevention Officer at 843-918-1806.
Additional proactive programs are:
- Project Property Check – Through this program, citizens can notify the department when they will be away from home or out-of-town for an extended period of time (i.e. weekend away, vacation, etc.). While the homeowner or business owner is away, officers will come by to perform a periodic security check of the property to help keep things safe and secure.
- Citizens Response to Active Shooter
- Trespass Enforcement Authorization Program (T. E. A. P.)
- Safety Awareness Classes
For more information, related to crime prevention, please contact, the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at (843) 918-1806.