Beaufort Co. sheriff proposes ordinance to crack down on crime

Beaufort Co. sheriff proposes ordinance to crack down on crime

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - With crime a big concern in the lowcountry, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner is cracking down.

Sheriff Tanner is planning to propose an ordinance in Beaufort County that would require businesses with liquor licenses to close their doors at 2 a.m. The ordinance would also shut down businesses that have become a crime haven. Tanner says he wants to implement a similar ordinance already in place on Hilton Head Island, where the county could revoke business licenses for those businesses where crimes keep occurring.

"We have to have voluntary compliance by those in business and that are making money off of the patrons that are there," said Tanner. "They need to be safe while they are there and the community and the residents who live around these night clubs need to be safe as well. Shots don't need to be fired in parking lots and stray rounds sprayed all over neighborhoods. That just isn't going to be tolerated."

Tanner is hoping to take this proposal to county council soon.

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