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Crime in South Dakota

Sep 21, 2023|

Whether living in a large city like Sioux Falls or a smaller community like Huron, crime is something that has the potential to impact anyone’s life. But South Dakota residents can rest easy knowing that crime rates are lower than the national average. Forests, prairies, and mountains cover a large portion of the state, reducing the number of cities with high populations and keeping crime relatively manageable. The crime rates in South Dakota are 3.95 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 18.91 per 1,000 residents for property crimes.

A storm rolls in at dawn at the South Dakota State Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota
 

Crime in Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is a popular, scenic city that provides residents with spectacular views of the Big Sioux River. This river runs through Falls Park, which itself offers local favorites like the ruins of the Queen Bee Mill and an observation tower. Consider visiting the Old Courthouse Museum to learn more about this city's history. You might also enjoy the Butterfly House & Aquarium as well as the Great Plains Zoo.

In Sioux Falls, crime rates are 5.25 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 28.21 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. The locations with the lowest crime rates include Prairie Trail Park, Pine Lakes Addition, and Shindler.

Crime in Rapid City

Home of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Rapid City is an oft-traveled destination that contains the Black Hills National Forest and offers a wealth of outdoor activities that you can participate in. You'll also discover life-size statues of many U.S. presidents throughout the city. Consider visiting the Journey Museum & Learning Center to learn about the local history and see some fun geology exhibits.

The crime rate in Rapid City is 6.73 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 32.16 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. Rapid City Southwest, Colonial Pine Hills, and Johnson Siding are a few neighborhoods in Rapid City with the lowest crime rates.

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Crime in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is another large city that provides residents with many things to see and do. For example, residents love spending time at Storybook Land, which is a popular amusement park in the city. You might also want to stop by Wylie Park or the Dacotah Prairie Museum.

The crime rates in Aberdeen are 4.48 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 21.92 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. Aberdeen West, Prairiewood Village, and Northern State University have the lowest crime rates in Aberdeen.

Crime in Mitchell

Mitchell is a small yet comfortable city that's part of Davidson County. This city has an expansive history, which you can learn about at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. Other places you might enjoy are the Dakota Discovery Museum and the Corn Palace.

The crime rates in Mitchell are 4.48 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 21.43 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. The locations with the lowest crime rates include Mitchell South and Mitchell East.

Crime in Pierre

Pierre has a relatively low population even though it's the capital city of South Dakota. Because of this status, Pierre provides residents with numerous museums, historical societies, and memorials. For example, the South Dakota State Capitol is the go-to spot for those who wish to learn about the city's history. The South Dakota National Guard Museum is also a popular destination in Pierre.

The average crime rates in Pierre are 3.21 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 20.14 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. Neighborhoods near the Pierre Regional Airport and Pierre North have the lowest crime rates in the city.

Pierre is the State Capitol of South Dakota on a stormy day
 

Crime in Spearfish

Spearfish is a smaller city in Lawrence County that offers gorgeous, sprawling mountain views. The main attraction residents and tourists alike visit is the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives. You might also enjoy a visit to Spearfish Parks & Recreation.

Crime rates in Spearfish are just 1.70 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 18.69 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. Both of these numbers are below the state averages. The neighborhoods and areas with the lowest crime rates include North Spearfish, City Center, and Mountain Plains.

Vehicle theft in South Dakota

In 2022, there were just under 2,200 vehicles stolen in South Dakota. Since 2020, vehicle thefts in the state have numbered over 2,000 every year. While some vehicles are more susceptible to theft than others, it's possible for criminals to target any make or model.

If you want to take clear steps to protect your vehicle from theft, Car Guard is here to help. Car Guard can help you protect your vehicle from attempted theft and break-ins. Once you install the device, you can track your car’s location, diagnose problems, and receive disturbance alerts, all from your phone. You'll receive an alert even if someone bumps into your vehicle. Pair this device with the Outdoor Camera Pro to capture video of anyone who lingers near your car and send them running with the Outdoor Camera Pro’s Smart Deter technology.

Person installing Vivint Car Guard
 

Benefits of a home security system and home automation in South Dakota

Even if you live in a rural area, you need a home security and automation system that keeps you safe and makes your home more secure. Here are some of the benefits of installing a security system in your home:

  • Increased safety: When you own a home in South Dakota, installing a security and automation system allows you to enhance your household's safety. Installing security sensors around your windows and doors can ensure you instantly receive an alert if someone attempts to enter your home, cameras can capture footage of unwanted activity on your property, and smart locks can make sure your doors are always secure.
  • Reduced energy bills: Smart devices can increase the energy efficiency of your home. From smart thermostats that maintain an eco-friendly temperature in your home to smart lights that you can control from anywhere, these devices could lower your monthly energy bills once they’re installed.
  • Greater control: Every smart device in your system is controllable from the Vivint app on your smartphone or tablet. From there, you can set the temperature or unlock your door even when you aren't at home.
  • More convenience: The smart devices that you install with your home automation system come with convenient customizable features. You can program your smart lighting system to turn on when you're away from home but want your home to appear occupied. And a smart thermostat can help you create heating and cooling schedules to optimize your energy usage.
  • Total customization: A security system from Vivint is customizable. You can install any number of smart devices in your Sioux Falls or Pierre home.

Safeguard your South Dakota home with a Vivint security system

South Dakota is a lovely and sparsely populated state that provides residents with ample opportunities to explore nature and enjoy the great outdoors. If you live in South Dakota and want to protect your home, let us help you with a Vivint security system.

Your Vivint system can be customized to meet your specific needs. For example, smart door locks from Vivint give you full control over who enters your home. They even allow you to store dozens of codes that you can assign to different family members and friends. Call us today at 855.822.1220 to learn how Vivint can make your life more comfortable and convenient.

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