We have lived here for 26 years in the downtown area. We have had one theft, but I don't think that is unusual for any town really. It's an exceptionally friendly place and about 30 minutes from Anderson, Greenwood, Greenville; so you get the small town living/livestyle, but can get to the 'big city' any time for anything you want that you can't find here. We have a super fire/rescue squad and the police dept works well with the county law enforcement when needed. I don't think crime here is any worse than anywhere else and in a small town, everyone watches out for each other. You don't get that in a big city!