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Attorney General Marty Jackley

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Crime in South Dakota 2013 Publication Released


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :   Monday, June 16, 2013 
CONTACT: Sara Rabern,  (605) 773-3215 

Crime in South Dakota 2013 Publication Released

PIERRE, S.D.  – Attorney General Marty Jackley released today the Crime in South Dakota 2013 report. This report is compiled by the Attorney General’s Criminal Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) and is the most accurate and comprehensive compilation of South Dakota criminal statistics as it reflects the actual arrest and reporting information by South Dakota law enforcement. Criminal statistics help identify trends in criminal activity that assists in crime prevention and enforcement efforts across South Dakota.

“Our criminal statistics reflect that over all South Dakota remains a safe place to live as a result of strong community involvement, law enforcement efforts, and a supportive legislature,” said Jackley. “The criminal trends identify the need to further strengthen crime prevention and enforcement efforts in the area of drug and alcohol addiction and solicitation of minors for sex cases.”

South Dakota law enforcement agencies reported a total of 37,699 arrests involving 63,332 offenses in 2013, a 1 % increase from 2012 (62,405).  The more serious offenses included a total of 16,165 arrests and involve the following: homicide/negligent manslaughter-13, sex offenses-108, assault-4,511, larceny/theft-2,821, fraud-348, drug/narcotic-5,493, prostitution-53, kidnapping-20, robbery-38, arson-23, burglary-374, motor vehicle theft-169, counterfeiting-106, embezzlement-27, stolen property-105, destruction of property-630, pornography/obscene material-23, solicitation of a minor- 31 and weapon law violations-195. Less serious offenses totaled 21,534 arrestees, involving the following, but not limited to DUI-6,535 (5,897 for 2012), liquor law violations-4,622 and disorderly conduct-2,087.

Some examples of the South Dakota numbers included an increase in drug arrests of 19.8% and an increase in thefts totaling more than $21 million worth of property loss reported.

The sex offenses and child pornography arrest categories do not include enticement/solicitation of a minor. An additional chart for this category can be found at the end of this release.

You can obtain a copy of this year’s Crime in South Dakota report from our website at the following link: