Rapid City Police Department Releases Crime Statistics

RAPID CITY, SD — The Rapid City Police Department recently conducted a statistical analysis of crime rates over the past three years and released the results Friday.

The study found violent crime, including aggravated assault, robbery and sexual assault, which peaked in 2021, is down.

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in preventable crimes such as auto theft and vehicle theft. Of particular concern to the police department is the increase in the number of firearms stolen from unsecured vehicles over the past two years.

“Whenever we’ve had an increase in the number of firearms stolen, especially in 2020 or 2021, almost half of our firearms stolen in those two years were stolen from vehicles,” he said. said Capt. Andy Becker of the Rapid City Police Department. “The number of firearms in Rapid City over the past two years is very alarming. It is very concerning. Obviously there is a possibility that these firearms will be used in criminal activity. we locate these stolen firearms, it’s usually in connection with another crime here in Rapid City, so we’re just asking for the public’s help to make sure these firearms are secure and not may not be involved in another crime here in Rapid City,”

“So what we’re doing is we’re asking citizens not to leave valuables in their vehicles, especially firearms, to lock the doors of your vehicle, to lock the doors of your home, making access avoidable or more difficult and being a victim of crime,” he said.

Captain Becker said it was happening across the city and no specific area was targeted.

The analysis also found that proactive traffic enforcement by officers has increased over the past year, resulting in a 96% increase in traffic stops, which the department attributes to a reduction of 11 % of vehicle accidents. The department says traffic enforcement is the most frequent request it receives from citizens of Rapid City.

“We also have organizations such as Journey On who can go out and help with other calls for service that our officers would normally respond to but with Journey On and then other people helping those releasing officers. to be able to do that proactively, hopefully prevent the crime from happening,” Capt. Becker said.

Journey On provides outreach services to the city’s homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. In July 2020, the Street Team Outreach program was launched. It identifies and reaches out to people who would otherwise not seek help or come to the attention of the homelessness service system and ensures that their basic needs are met while supporting them through life. along the pathways to housing stability.

Rcpd 2022 Crime Statistics

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