Recently the Myrtle Beach area has been forced to contend with issues related to crime, including law breakers who come from other areas with no intent to follow our laws or respect our community. Our community is a wonderful place to live, work and vacation, but crime can quickly destroy that.
Here's what Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is doing to help make our community a safer place. (Scroll down to watch a video on what Myrtle Beach Area Chamber is doing to support law enforcement)
Standing with, for and behind our law enforcement agencies. Their job is increasingly difficult but we "Back the Blue." We have touted their local efforts, praised their extraordinary service and partnered with our members to feed them breakfast weekly this summer. We will continue to proudly serve those who serve us.
We will work to redirect advertising funds to law enforcement, just as we have done before. After the tragic shootings during Memorial Day weekend 2014, we asked the South Carolina General Assembly to relax its laws and allow us to redirect advertising funds to public safety, hoping to make Memorial Day weekend safer for everyone. That plan is working. We will do the same to help boost police presence year-round. While advertising is important, there's no better investment we can make in our community than public safety.
Using social media, we have marketed a specific message to a regional audience of teenagers and young adults: "We welcome all visitors who pose no threat to our community, but if you refuse to obey our laws and respect our community, we recommend you go elsewhere. Or risk being arrested."
We have kicked off a grassroots campaign to educate and inform visitors, residents and business owners about what is being done to keep our community safe. This includes a website and Facebook page, including videos and relevant stories about the vigilant efforts our law enforcement agencies are making to keep our community safe.
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber is a primary sponsor of the yearly Myrtle Beach Summit. The three-day conference began in 2014 and looks at creating a "Best Practice Technique" for bridging gaps and preparing for organized and unorganized gatherings and events. The summit delivers more than 10 sessions focusing on what law enforcement agencies working with their communities are doing to work through "community violence." Panelists discuss best practices, lessons learned, and innovative ideas as it relates to planning, community relationships, logistics and safety. This is an invitation only summit for government officials and law enforcement personnel.
We will continue to be a vigilant protector of our community's reputation by promptly responding with accurate, relevant information where appropriate. We share your desire to enjoy a safe, welcoming community. While we cannot stop crime from occurring, we pledge to do all we can to support those who can.