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Clay County, South Dakota Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Clay County, South Dakota. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Clay County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Clay County, South Dakota, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 2,339 total crimes reported in Clay County, South Dakota (113 of them violent). Of the 260 crimes that occur a year in Clay County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Clay County, South Dakota 260 times a year. This includes 2 murders, 28 rapes, and nearly two thousand thefts (including 67 motor vehicle thefts).

Total Crime in Clay County, South Dakota (1999-2000, 2002-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 2001, as there were no data available for that year.

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Clay County, South Dakota for 9 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Clay County decreased by 205 percent. Over the same time frame, violent crime fell by 143 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden decrease in crime over the last 9 years in Clay County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to one hundred for Clay County, South Dakota in 2009.

Crime Trends Clay County, South Dakota (1999-2000, 2002-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Clay County, South Dakota (1999-2000, 2002-2008)

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Clay County, South Dakota law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Clay County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.