2011 South Dakota Crime Report Released

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PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley released today the Crime in South Dakota 2011 report. This report is compiled by the Attorney General’s Criminal Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). The SAC Unit is the primary clearinghouse for criminal justice statistical data for South Dakota.

“The Criminal Statistical Analysis Center and the participating law enforcement agencies continue to provide important crime reporting information for identifying trends in criminal activity to assist in crime prevention and enforcement efforts across South Dakota,” said Jackley. “Our criminal statistics reflect that South Dakota remains a relatively safe place to live as a result of law enforcement efforts, strong community involvement, and a supportive legislature.”

South Dakota law enforcement agencies reported a total of 33,340 arrests involving 56,272 offenses in 2011. The more serious offenses included a total of 14,570 arrests and include the following:

  • homicide/negligent manslaughter-16,
  • sex offenses-132,
  • assault-4,306,
  • larceny/theft-3104,
  • fraud-321,
  • drug/narcotic-3,908,
  • gambling-5,
  • prostitution-13,
  • kidnapping-20,
  • robbery-38,
  • arson-30,
  • burglary-391,
  • motor vehicle theft-146,
  • counterfeiting-127,
  • embezzlement-29,
  • stolen property-47,
  • destruction of property-724,
  • pornography/obscene material-40 and
  • weapon law violations-158.

Less serious offenses totaled 18,770 arrestees, include the following, but not limited to DUI-5,775 (5,776 for 2010), liquor law violations-5,338 and disorderly conduct-2,149.

Some examples of the South Dakota numbers included an increase in drug arrests of 18% and more than $17 million worth of property loss reported.

Woodrow Wilcox


You can obtain a copy of this year’s Crime in South Dakota report from our website.

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