The Town of Walterboro, about 40 miles inland from Charleston, has a big vision. SLED is opening up a permanent office in Walterboro to help give a more noticeable police presence in the area after recent crime. Walterboro Mayor Bill Young says yes, maybe there’s still crime in the town, but he’s actually seen it go down in the last few years.
“Violent crime peaked in 2007 and has been on the decrease ever since. I believe that feeling safe in your homes and neighborhoods is a fundamental right and we are going to do whatever it takes to protect that right,” says Young.
Young defends a recent decision to hire a public relations consultant to come into Walterboro to help fix up the town’s image. He says the purpose of the consultant is just another step to help make citizens, and even visitors, feel protected, not to propose there’s a problem.
“Things are calm here, things have been calm and we’re doing what it takes to make things better. The reason we hired the media consultant, I’m not a professional media consultant and we’ve gotten some help doing that because we love our town and we want to get the message out,” says Young.
Walterboro has approximately 5,800 people.