Rapid City panhandling; a normal problem? - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City panhandling; a normal problem?


Panhandling is inevitable in any city, but how much has it affected Rapid City businesses this summer?

KOTA Territory News hit the streets to talk with local business owners about panhandling outside their doors. Out of six places, four say it's pretty much like last year, maybe a few more panhandlers this year. 

Two owners say it's a huge problem that gets worse now that summer is over and the Rapid City street crimes unit isn't as present. 

Rapid City Police buff up their street crimes unit with six more officers during the summer months, but Lieutenant Peter Ragnone says panhandling for summer 2013 was fairly normal. "We haven't seen a drastic increase or decrease in the number of panhandle calls that we receive," said Ragnone.

Panhandlers who violate the city ordinance can be punished with 30 days in jail and/or a $200 fine. 


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