Drug offenses, sex crimes up in South Dakota in 2012
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley
PIERRE, S.D. – Despite an increase in reported crimes in South Dakota, Attorney General Marty Jackley says the state is still a relatively safe place to live.
On Monday, Jackley's office released the Crime in South Dakota 2012 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. 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 relatively safe place to live as a result of law enforcement efforts, strong community involvement, and a supportive legislature," Jackley said in a news release. "However, experiencing an increase in criminal activity justifies the need to examine further strengthening crime prevention and enforcement efforts especially in the sex offense and violent crime areas."
South Dakota law enforcement agencies reported a total of 36,264 arrests involving 62,499 offenses in 2012, an 11% increase from 2011 (56,272).
The more serious offenses included a total of 15,887 arrests and involve the following: homicide/negligent manslaughter-17, sex offenses-144, assault-4,420, larceny/theft-3,323, fraud-321, drug/narcotic-4,584, prostitution-20, kidnapping-19, robbery-50, arson-31, burglary-387, motor vehicle theft-158, counterfeiting-82, embezzlement-52, stolen property-69, destruction of property-681, pornography/obscene material-29 and weapon law violations-182.
Less serious offenses totaled 20,377 arrestees, involving the following, but not limited to DUI-5,897 (5,775 for 2011), liquor law violations-4,463 and disorderly conduct-2,100.
Some examples of the South Dakota numbers included an increase in drug arrests of 17%, sex offenses of 9%, assaults 2.5 % and an increase in thefts totaling more than $20 million worth of property loss reported.