FBI report shows violent crime declining in South Dakota

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The estimated number of violent crimes is down in South Dakota.

U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons said Friday the newly-released FBI crime report shows the number of violent crimes in South Dakota in 2018 dropped for the first time in five years, declining about 5% compared to the year before.

The report shows the estimated rate of violent crime in the state was about 405 offenses per 100,000 residents. The most dramatic drop was in the number of murders and non-negligent homicides, which dropped 56 percent from 2017 to 2018.

Nationally, the estimated number of violent crimes as a whole decreased 3.3 percent in 2018 from the prior year.

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