PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) – The annual report on crime in South Dakota shows that overall, violent crime is down from 2015 but there are still areas of concern.
“The crime statistics reflect that, overall, South Dakota remains a safe place to live as a result of strong community involvement and law enforcement efforts,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said.
“Many categories of crime, including murder, rape, and sexual offenses were down in 2016. However, the national drug epidemic continues to impact overall crime in South Dakota, with drug offense alone increasing 12.5 percent in 2016,” Jackley said.
In a release, Jackley said local and state law enforcement agencies added more than 300 certified officers since 2007, “which has also resulted in more arrests to keep our neighborhoods and cities safe.”
South Dakota reported 42,200 arrests involving 75,778 offenses in 2016. The more serious crimes included a total of 19,577 arrests and involve the following:
• Murder (1st and 2nd Degree)-21
• sex offenses-96
• motor vehicle theft-273
• stolen property-154
• destruction of property-488
• pornography/obscene material-24
• solicitation of a minor-44
• weapon law violations-248.
Less serious crimes totaled 22,623 arrests, involving the following, but not limited to DUI-6,606, liquor law violations-2,636 and disorderly conduct-2,286.
Criminal statistics help identify trends in criminal activity that assists in crime prevention and enforcement efforts across South Dakota.
Some examples of the South Dakota numbers included an increase in arrests for drug offenses from 6,818 in 2015 to 7,671 reported in 2016 and thefts totaling more than $30 million worth of property crime lost reported.