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South Dakota Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 163,242 total crimes reported in South Dakota (13,324 of them violent). Of the 16,324 crimes that occur a year in South Dakota, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in South Dakota every 32 minutes. This includes 141 murders, 3,483 rapes, and nearly one hundred and twenty-two thousand thefts (including 8,107 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in South Dakota for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in South Dakota decreased by 31 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 24 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual decrease in crime over the last 10 years in South Dakota. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to thirteen thousand for South Dakota in 2009.

Crime Trends in South Dakota (1999-2008)

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 states like South Dakota (1999-2008)

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

South Dakota law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for South Dakota 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.