Rape and drug crimes up in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (KEVN) – The South Dakota Attorney General’s office has released their comprehensive state crime report for 2017.

The national drug epidemic continues to impact overall crime in the state, with drug offense alone increasing 7.2 percent (from 7,671 in 2016 to 8,224 reported in 201).

Forcible Rape increased by 57 or 13.9 percent. There were 467 forcible rapes reported in 2017 compared to 410 reported in 2016.

There were a total of 2,492 Burglaries reported. Thirty percent of those were forced entry.

Almost $38 million worth of property loss was reported in 2017 ($38,363,265). The total stolen was $23,709,724 with 35.9 percent of that amount reported as recovered by law enforcement officials ($8,510,442).

In 2017, juvenile arrests accounted for 11.9 percent (5,270) of the total arrests (44,265), up from 5,056 in 2016. The number of reported arrests in 2017 for DUI was 6,671. This represents an increase of 65 arrests or .98 percent from the total of 6,606 reported in 2016.

There were 44,265 arrests involving 76,950 offenses in 2017. Many categories of violent crime, including murder, kidnapping, and child pornography were down in 2017. Both sex offenses and forcible rapes are below the 10-year average.

Law enforcement agencies across the state have added nearly 300 more certified officers in the last decade, leading to more arrests overall.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley adds that “overall, South Dakota remains a safe place to live.” You can view the full report here.