Why does Greenville, SC have such a high crime rate statistically? Is it a safe place to live?

Asked by Sharon, Arizona Wed Oct 1, 2008

We are moving to Greenville in the summer of 2009

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Lee Cunningh…, Agent, Greenville, SC
Fri Oct 10, 2008
Hi Sharon,

Fair-housing laws prevent Realtors from talking about neighborhood demographics such as crime rates, race ratios,etc. We are legally bound to not discriminate and not just in reference to people, that means neighborhoods too.

Any time you are looking for information about local crime (regardless of the city) look up the county sheriffs office and call them directy. Explain you are considering a move to XYZ location and you want to know the local crime trends (what types of crime and in what areas) the sheriff's office is NOT bound by fair-housing laws and can speak freely on the subject. Then, call your local sheriff's office, where you currently live and ask them the same thing. Then you can compare the two. Greenville County --> http://www.gcso.org/

A good website you can go to to run demographic comparisons, including cost of living, is http://www.bestplaces.net

If you want more information on Greenville in general, there are articles about the history of Greenville and surrounding cities as well as annual events and activities visit my team's website we have put extensive efforts into staying current and accurate in relation to Greenville information.

My blog is updated regularly as well and it is always relevant to Greenville, SC news, economy, housing trends, events and developments http://activerain.com/blogs/leecunning

I know this doesn't answer your question specifically and I would if I could, but I hope I've helped in some way. You can contact the Greenville County Sheriff's Office by visiting http://www.gcso.org/

Best of Luck in your search!
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Jmlubecky, Home Buyer, Greenville, NC
Mon Mar 13, 2017
Because law enforcement in that area is far more concentrated on Civil Asset Forfeiture than solving violent crime.
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steve.sarant, Home Buyer, Easley, SC
Sat Dec 21, 2013
Greenville is now a much safer and happier place to live. A lot of community health, community watch, and community growth projects have made it much safer. For a by the minute crime report of your area in Greenville see http://spotcrime.com/sc/greenville. Also I am not a realtor...Augusta Street is college, Pleasantburg and Prosperity is poor black to lower middle class white, Wade Hampton is poor white, Church is business, and Whitehorse Road is a shitehole, period.
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Also I've only lived here a few months now but find it much pleasenter and much safer than Asheville, NC where we used to live.
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Ruggsville59, Home Owner, Briceville, TN
Fri Sep 30, 2011
I would not recomend moving to Greenville,SC I was raised there and the school system was back in 1975 when I graduated. The system is the lowest in the nation With now a high percentage of illegals.White horse road is a long stretch of highway 25 on the west side of Greenville.About a 10 mile radius of white horse rd is crime infested . Easley brige rd is riddled with murders drugs and prostitutes.However they did have alot jobs a few years ago They have heywood mall and BMW.Greenville is not safe with a high percentage of high school dropouts
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I've never lived in a more crime-ridden town than Greenville, SC. It's sadly plagued by drugs and semi-violent crime, regardless of the neighborhood or socioeconomic location. We had the cops visit our house 3 times in 1 year in Sugar Creek, which is widely considered a family-friendly, upper-middle-class neighborhood near Greenville.
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