Is Mauldin Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On March 28, 2024
Mauldin, United States
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data

Mauldin, South Carolina, offers visitors a blend of small-town charm and modern amenities.

Established in the late 19th century as a railroad stop, Mauldin grew steadily through the 20th century, transforming from an agricultural community into a thriving suburban hub.

Today, it boasts a diverse population and a vibrant community spirit.

While Mauldin is a popular place for new residents, I can’t say it’s very exciting as a tourist destination.

One of the biggest entertainment providers comes from the Mauldin Cultural Center, which hosts art exhibits and performances, showcasing the town’s cultural evolution.

For outdoor lovers, Mauldin offers numerous parks and green spaces, including Sunset Park and Springfield Park, ideal for picnics, hiking, and family outings.

The city’s dedication to recreational facilities is evident in its state-of-the-art Sportscenter, catering to sports enthusiasts of all ages.

Mauldin is heavily residential, but there’s a spark underway in 2024 that is paving the way for more entertainment districts and places to visit in the future.

As with several other cities I’ve researched for these articles, you might just find you want to move to Mauldin.

Warnings & Dangers in Mauldin

Overall Risk


There's a low risk in Mauldin, but also not a lot to do within the city limits. Crime rates are low, and most activities are community-based, not tourist attractions.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Greenlink is the public transportation system for Greenville, and several routes go through Mauldin. Taxis and/or rideshares will be easy to summon. Rental cars are another great way to explore more regions of Greenville because not much is in Mauldin.

Pickpockets Risk


In the past five years, just three pickpockets or purse snatchings have been reported. There is a greater risk of your vehicle being broken into than your wallet getting taken.

Natural Disasters Risk


This is a medium risk as severe weather can happen throughout the year, and that includes possible tornadoes and severe thunderstorms capable of extraordinary damage. The good news is that all weather risks come with plenty of advance notice if you know where to look, and I've got some options later on in this article.

Mugging Risk


The robbery rate is 40% lower than the national average and just four highway robberies were reported in 2022. The risk is low, but it's important to keep your guard up, especially after local events.

Terrorism Risk


This is a low risk in Mauldin and across Greenville. The Terrorism Advisory Bulletin from Homeland Security will explain that mass shootings and domestic terrorism can happen anywhere, any time - unfortunately, there isn't a formula that suggests one place is more at risk than another when it comes to those threats. The best thing you can do is be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

Scams Risk


This is a heavily residential area, so the scams here will focus on the people who live here. Most scams are run-of-the-mill, preying on pressure or fear to get people to give a scammer money. One common scam is someone posing as a law enforcement officer.

Women Travelers Risk


There's a low risk for women here, too, and that goes for solo travelers or senior citizens. You still want to use basic safety standards, but there's no ongoing risk here.

Tap Water Risk


Greenville Water provides tap water for Mauldin, and the 2022 Water Quality Report shows full compliance with standards met or exceeded. Enjoy the water with a low risk.

Safest Places to Visit in Mauldin

Mauldin’s city website has a section of things to do, but I can tell it’s more for people who live there, as it includes things like parks, the senior center, and the local community center – not tourist attractions.

The Mauldin Chamber of Commerce is another option, but keep in mind that businesses and places listed there are generally members of the Chamber.

This is an ideal place to find local events throughout the year.

To learn about even more events, check out the Mauldin Cultural Center’s website, which also covers performances and theater productions.

Of course, there’s also the fact that Mauldin is a sleepy suburb of Greenville.

You’ll find more information about how to move here than what to do while you’re visiting.

I’ve tried to gather some interesting stuff for you, but there’s just not a lot to do within the city limits.

Mauldin doesn’t have a downtown – or at least, didn’t.

In late 2024, the City Center development is expected to open, bringing an entertainment complex (finally!) to this fast-growing city.

The Conestee Nature Preserve is next door to Mauldin, with 640 acres to explore along boardwalks, paths, and viewing decks.

What’s especially amazing about this wildlife area is that it once was home to a nauseating stench on the river.

This preserve fixed that problem and opened an outdoor area to the community.

You’ll also be just six miles from a major shopping and entertainment area at I-85 and I-385.

You’ll find amusement at Frankie’s with go-karts and arcade games, plus huge shopping options like the famous Bass Pro Shop.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever had a more challenging time trying to tell you what to do in a community, but I can tell you that all the fun in Greenville is just eight miles away.

One of the biggest reasons to visit Mauldin is for the festivals and events.

Places to Avoid in Mauldin

Mauldin doesn’t have bad neighborhoods or dangerous parts of town.

If anything, it might be a place to avoid if you want to have a bunch of activities nearby – this is much more of a suburban residential area than a big tourist destination.

Only a handful of hotels are in this area, but the growth of tourism is fueling a short-term rental surge.

The threat of a tornado is real in Mauldin, even though it’s not in the traditional “Tornado Alley.”

There’s now a region known as “Dixie Alley” as more storms work through the South.

You should know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning, the safety precautions to take before, during, and after a tornado, and have a way to get alerts even if you’re in the wilderness.

A battery-powered NOAA weather radio is a must!

Safety Tips for Traveling to Mauldin

  1. Mauldin does have a local police force. You can follow them on Facebook @MauldinPolice. Call (864) 289-8900 with any specific safety questions. The department’s website also has a Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Safety section to explore.
  2. Head to the Greenville County Emergency Management website to sign up for CodeRED alerts. It’s important to stay aware of incoming severe or tropical weather. Read the latest Situation Report while you’re there, as it addresses seasonal weather and safety concerns.
  3. Greenville County has an iMap of essential services available. The interactive map is great for finding healthcare, transportation, parks, etc.
  4. You can also sign up for the Mauldin Community Newsletter, which will include everything from events to emergency information. While the CodeRED system will cover weather warnings, the community alerts will help you find shelters, evacuation routes, or street closures.
  5. The city offers a way for you to give feedback in the name of safety. Look for the Service Request Form through Public Utilities. Here, you can submit issues like a new pothole or storm damage.
  6. Speaking of potholes, South Carolina has a lot of them, and no city is safe from the rugged roads that the state is known for. Use caution when driving on all local and state roads. Spring will start the construction season, meaning even more reason to pay attention while driving.
  7. If you’re from a place that gets a regular cold, snowy winter, you might be surprised how big of a deal an inch or two of snow can be here. This isn’t a region used to this kind of weather, and while you might know how to handle driving in it, not all local drivers do. Plus, this area can get ice storms, which are especially hazardous for everyone.
  8. Review the rules in Mauldin for short-term rentals if you’re opting for that instead of a hotel. Anyone who tries to get around those rules established in 2019 could be scamming you.
  9. You’ll need a fishing license from the state to do any fishing legally here. You are required to carry the permit with you. Be sure you choose the freshwater license, as there’s no saltwater in this region.
  10. As much as we strive to provide an accurate and updated reflection of safety in a city at a time, Mauldin is one of those communities growing so fast that I could do a whole article on what is coming to Mauldin beyond what is already there. Be sure you do some legwork to look for new attractions and destinations because there are a lot of exciting things in the works for this growing community.

So... How Safe Is Mauldin Really?

Mauldin has ranked as one of the safest cities in South Carolina a handful of times over the past decade, but crime rates are moving in the wrong direction.

Even with that, the violent crime rate is 20% lower than the national average and 33% lower than the state average.

More than half of the violent crimes happen in private homes, and just 22% happen against strangers in 2022.

When we go back five years, the percentage rises to 28.

Bottom line – even for a safe South Carolina city, Mauldin is that much safer for visitors.

A new trend of car thefts has appeared in the past few years, with an average of 2-3 stolen a month.

That’s not an epidemic by any means, but it’s just moving in the wrong direction.

Theft rates are a pinch higher than the national average, just 8% above, but 45% of those are related to car break-ins or accessory thefts.

Lower your risk of this by locking your car door and removing personal items from inside.

It’s really that simple.

Mauldin police are also using new technology to keep the community safe for years to come, with new camera tasers, body cameras, and virtual reality headsets being supplied in 2024 and beyond.

Tools like that keep the community safe, but they also help recruit police officers of the future, ensuring a safe community for years to come.

How Does Mauldin Compare?

CitySafety Index
San Diego67
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71
Vienna (Austria)88
Hong Kong (China)70

Useful Information



Generally, visitors from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) can enter the US for tourism or business purposes without a visa for stays of up to 90 days, while citizens of other countries typically need a visa. Your passport must be no more than six months from expiring.



Only the U.S. Dollar is accepted here. You should exchange currency at your home bank for the lowest fees, but any ATM should be able to accommodate your credit or debit card in the U.S.



Pack comfortable, casual clothing with various layering options for fall, winter and spring. Summers will be hot and oppressively humid. Bring bug spray since the mosquitoes here can be intense, and a few extra changes of clothing because you'll sweat a lot.



Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is just 15 minutes from Maulden, offering an easy option nearby. If you're flying out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, plan for a two-and-a-half-hour drive. Be sure to check Atlanta's traffic reports, as it's one of the most contested cities in the U.S.

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Mauldin Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 6° C
Feb 9° C
Mar 13° C
Apr 17° C
May 22° C
Jun 26° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 27° C
Sep 24° C
Oct 18° C
Nov 12° C
Dec 9° C
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South Carolina - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Folly Beach68
Fort Mill78
Hilton Head Island79
Isle of Palms81
Mount Pleasant78
Myrtle Beach65
North Augusta70
Pawleys Island82
Rock Hill63
St. Helena Island78
Sullivan’s Island80
Travelers Rest77
West Columbia65

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