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South Dakota crime on the rise. Drug arrests up 17 percent.

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Attorney General Marty Jackley released a report on crime in South Dakota today.

It's not quite a failing grade, but the numbers don't look good.

KSFY News has been looking at the stats and found some crimes stood out more than others.

There are increases in various crimes across the board, but it was telling that drug arrests were up the most, a 17 percent increase in 2012 from 2011.

And while an increase in drug use can lead to other crimes, it could also mean law enforcement is just doing a good job at making these arrests.

Crime in South Dakota is up, and a new report shows the largest number of arrests involved drugs.

Darcy Jensen, Director of Prairie View Prevention Services said "I think this is a wake up call in that respect. But I also think it helps us look at our law enforcement and what they currently are doing to make us safe."

Jensen said drug use can lead people to run-ins with the law.

"When you look at the number of crimes and the kinds of crimes, that can be committed, whether its a burglary, a robbery, destruction of property, those things can be very much a ripple impact for someone's substance use," Jensen said.

More people in jail for drugs could mean more work needs to be done with prevention.

"But I do see a positive when our attorney general and law enforcement can say we've stopped this many drug users or trafficking," Jensen said.

These crime stats also may be a wake-up call for parents.

"Be willing to talk to our kids about safety issues. Be willing to talk to them about substance abuse. Be willing to tell your child where you and your family stand on that. what happens if you are involved," Jensen said.

And having that discussion may keep some kids on the right track and out of jail.

"It's one thing to say 'my mom will kill me if I do this' then you know the consequence but I think kids also need to know what is the recovery. 'My mom would ground me but she also said she love me and we would go see a counselor,'" Jensen said.

That's advice Jensen said is good for kids as well as adults.

Many may have questions of 'how do I get help?".

She says it's important for people to come forward.

There are a number of agencies in our area willing to help you get treatment

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