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Police release 2018 crime report
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Police release 2018 crime report

Rapid City Police release 2018 crime report


News Staff - February 12, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police released their 2018 crime stats, and it shows fewer arrests and more warnings over 2017.

However, aggravated assault last year was at its highest rate in seven years and that has police concerned.

Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says they investigated nearly 380 cases with an area north of Omaha Street being the main problem corridor.

Jegeris also says 2018 was a record year for the most drug arrests. A problem that is even leading into 2019 with the increase in meth-related crimes.

He says, "I think that we really do need to focus on deterring repeat drug users from continuing to use. There's got to be a consequence for some people that are that deep into the drug culture to change their behavior. And that's something we certainly have lost over the last several years."

Violent crimes like arson, robbery, burglary and homicides were down in the latest report.

Jegeris says the November 9:00 p.m. routine program to remind people to lock their cars may have helped lower the rate of thefts. Social media was used then and Jegeris plans to use it even more now.

 



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