Street Crimes

The Street Crimes Unit works problem areas all over the county and answers complaints to locations of high criminal activity based on tips and statistical data.

Street Crimes

The Horry County Police Departments Street Crimes Unit is a proactive patrol unit comprised of patrol officers, K9 Units. The Street Crimes Unit works problem areas all over the county and answers complaints to locations of high criminal activity based on tips and statistical data. This Unit works closely with local agencies as well as State and Federal Agencies. Their duties include enforcing the laws of the State of South Carolina, recovering stolen property, apprehending wanted persons, identifying Gang Members, and drug interdiction.

Gang Investigations

A parent's quick reference

They are identified by the colors worn by members and by particular gang symbols, including distinctive hand signs.

Warning signs that your child may be involved with a gang

  • Admits to hanging out with kids in gangs
  • Shows interest in one or two particular colors of clothing or a particular logo
  • Has an unusual interest in gangster influenced music, videos, movies or websites
  • Uses unusual hand signals to communicate with friends
  • Has specific drawings or gang symbols on school books, clothes, walls or tattoos
  • Comes home with unexplained physical injuries (fighting-related bruises, injuries to hands/etc.)
  • Has unexplained cash or goods, such as clothing or jewelry
  • Has been in trouble with the police
  • Carries a weapon
  • Displaying an unusual desire for secrecy
  • Declining school attendance
  • Breaking rules consistently
  • Exhibits negative changes in behavior such as:
    • Withdrawing from family
    • Staying out late withour reason
    • Exhibiting signs of drug use
    • Speaking in gang-style slang

Why do kids join gangs

  • Security, protection and a sense of belonging
  • Lack of family, community or youth support system (too much unsupervised time)
  • Sense of status or respect
  • Low self-esteem
  • Financial (i.e. profits from drug distribution and other illegal activities)
  • Friends are gang members/peer pressure
  • Thrill seeking
  • Living in a gang-infested community or family members in a gang

What cam parents do to prevent their children from joining a gang?

  • Develop open and frequent communication with your children
  • Encourage athletics and other health oriented activities
  • Encourage children to become active in a community group
  • Monitor/limit children's exposure to violence contained in television, music and video games
  • Respect for others' property and pride in community
  • Know who your children are spending time with
  • Become involved in your child's education and in your community

Tips

Crime Tips

Please email the Criminal Investigations Division at crimetips@horrycounty.org or call 843-915-TIPS (8477)

Drug and Vice Tips

Please email Special Operations at drugtips@horrycounty.org or call 843-915-8346

Warrants Tips

To send us tips on individuals with outstanding warrants, please email Warrants at mostwanted@horrycounty.org or call 843-915-5688

Non-emergency Line: 843-248-1520
Emergency Line: 9-1-1

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