Crime & Public Safety

Video: At Beaufort County's Walmarts, disproportionate number of crime reports in 2014

Law enforcement spent a lot of time at Beaufort County's two Walmarts -- in Beaufort and on Hilton Head Island -- in 2014. Between those stores, officers were at Walmart about once a day. That's too often, says Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy, who worries that, with a Walmart Supercenter coming to Lady's Island, the crime problem is going to worsen. Altogether, there were 368 crime reports made at the county's Walmarts in 2014 — 206 at the Beaufort location and 162 on Hilton Head. Numbers three and four on the list, Tanger Outlets 1 and 2 in Bluffton, had 133 reports, total.