According to the a FBI report, the crime rates are on the decline in South Dakota.
Compared to 2017 data, the overall crime rates in 2018 are about 5% lower. U.S. Attorney. Ron Parsons. stressed that this is the first time in five years for the numbers to drop.
The report data for South Dakota show the approximate violent crime rate was 405 offenses per 100,000 residents. The non-negligent homicide and murder rates showed the most significant decrease, being reduced by 56% from 2017 to 2018.
Kevin Thom, the Pennington County Sheriff, believes the data validity, emphasizing the county’s intense efforts to limit the number of crimes. However, he indicates the fact that the report doesn’t include the whole state because it omits the crimes that occurred on the South Dakota reservations.
The number of violent crimes on a national level dropped by 3.3% from 2017 to 2018.