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Home of Lowest SC Crime Rate is "Home of Ten Governors"

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Edgefield County, SC -

The "Home of Ten Governors" is also the home of the lowest violent crime rate in South Carolina.

Doris Strom is Edgefield born and bred.  She isn't surprised to hear that her sheriff's office has the lowest violent crime rate in the state, and is also one of the best at cracking cases. 

"If I need 'em any time all I have to do is call them," Strom says.

She says it's because the officers are good neighbors.

"They talk to all the people in here, they get to know them, Sheriff Dobey comes in here," she says.

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office says that is what makes the difference, but they give the community a lot of that credit.

"Our number one asset is our people," says Corporal Robert Harter.

"It falls back on the citizens," echoes Forensic Investigator Curtis Morris. "Everybody knows everybody in Edgefield County. You've got to know your neighbor and they do and that's what helps us out."

Edgefield County has a far smaller budget and far riskier demographics than other counties with higher crime rates. Morris says his job isn't what you see on C.S.I.

"As far as highly technical gizmos and gadgets that you see on CSI, we can't afford it, the county simply can't afford it," he says.

He says he says something far better:  The people of Edgefield County:

"The leg work counts 90 percent," he says. "It's getting to know that victim, getting to know the public around that victim, and having them put their trust in you to close the case for them."

So when it comes to being in the one percent for the lowest rape, robbery, and juvenile crime rates, it's not the money that matters.

"We don't have the most officers, the newest equipment, the latest technology, but we do have people that care," Harter.

And the people they care for, care right back.

"I love 'em all, I don't have no special one, they all are special to me," says Strom.

And Harter says he'll take that over high-tech and high budgets any day.

"We'll keep our people," he says.


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