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Pennington County, South Dakota Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 31,841 total crimes reported in Pennington County, South Dakota (2,886 of them violent). Of the 3,184 crimes that occur a year in Pennington County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Pennington County, South Dakota every 2 hours. This includes 16 murders, 804 rapes, and nearly twenty-four thousand thefts (including 1,491 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Pennington County, South Dakota for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Pennington County increased by 7 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 51 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in Pennington County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than three thousand for Pennington County, South Dakota in 2009.

Crime Trends in Pennington County, 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 counties like Pennington County, 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

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

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