Where the Violence Lives: Mapping Crime in the Upstate

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(WSPA) – Violent crimes do not have a personal address and in parts of the upstate, the most serious crimes can be committed close to home.

7News investigative producer Mike Owens and reporter Gordon Dill have tracked all upstate law enforcement agencies and all of the region’s most violent crimes for patterns of criminal activity and locate hot spots in the area. In one case, the violence covers and the entire county.

Of course, every story, every act of criminal violence is both tragic and unique. But unless you are a victim, the sheer volume of violent crime on the evening news can start to mix.

Nationally, after decades of decline, violent crime rates have started to rise in some areas. But the reality of this increase may depend on how close it is to the home.

In the upstate, this is especially true for anyone who lives in Anderson County.

“It used to be isolated in parts of Anderson County and now it feels like it’s everywhere,” said Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride.

7News asked more than a dozen law enforcement agencies for data on the most violent crimes like murder and aggravated assault.

In order to compare different departments, the team standardized the data and narrowed it down to individual investigations of murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault from early 2013 to late 2016. Data does not include domestic violence. criminal or child abuse. .

Some agencies have also said they were unable to provide the requested data, such as the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

The results were clear. Anderson County was unlike any other part of the upstate. Sheriff’s deputies are investigating more included crimes there than deputies for Greenville and Spartanburg counties combined.

Sheriff McBride said he was not surprised by the results.

“I think people can smell it. I think the folks in Anderson County have been feeling this for quite some time, ”McBride said.

Not only is the problem of violent crime more prominent in Anderson County, it is exceptionally widespread. In most counties, there are smaller groups of violent crimes. In Spartanburg County, block 100 of Norris Street has been the subject of 33 of the included surveys in four years. Shemwood Crossing Apartments in Greenville County numbered 40.

But in Anderson County, the area with the most calls, the Fairview Garden Apartments had only included 14 surveys. The rest are spread across the county with a few addresses repeated more than once.

The violence is county-wide and few areas have not had at least a few calls for murder or aggravated assault.

Sheriff McBride said his office will try to add more patrols, including nearly doubling the number of assistants working on each patrol shift.

“Boots on the court,” McBride said, “I’m not going to say this is the cure, but it’s the way we defend ourselves.”

The map below shows all of the included crimes from the agencies that responded to 7NEWS ‘request for information. You can use it to zoom in on the neighborhood where you live and work and where your kids go to school.

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