ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The Atlantic Beach Police Department is on pace for a decline in most violent crimes in 2021.

A crime stats report was presented in front of Atlantic Beach Town Council during a regularly scheduled meeting on December 13.

As of November 30, the department reported five shootings. That compares to nine in all of 2020. Sexual assaults and domestic violence cases also appear to be down from 2020, as of November 30. Assaults are slightly up from last year.

The town also reports a dramatic decrease in harassment cases, vandalism and petty larceny but an increase in trespassing cases.

The following is a breakdown of all crimes in Atlantic Beach through November 30, along with crimes from all of 2020. The numbers were provided by the Atlantic Beach Police Department:

Crime type2020 (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31)2021 (Jan. 1 through Nov. 30)
Shootings95
Weapon violations00
Criminal sexual assaults40
Domestic violence3323
Assault & battery1820
Harassment/stalking2211
Malicious damage/vandalism125
Breaking and entering auto00
Grand larceny64
Petty larceny2911
Shoplifting21
Fraud/forgery31
Disorderly/public intoxication4242
Trespassing05
Suspicious activity10693
Burglary104
Missing/runaway711
Town ordinance violation180160
Investigations misc.134145
Crime stats provided by Atlantic Beach PD