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Drug Offenses, Sex Crimes Up In 2012



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Arrests for drug offenses, sex crimes and assaults all increased in South Dakota last year.
    
Attorney General Marty Jackley says the annual crime report for 2012 shows a 2.5 percent increase in assaults over the year, a 9 percent rise in sex offenses and a 17 percent jump in drug arrests. Total criminal offenses rose 11 percent from 2011, to more than 56,000.
    
There were 17 arrests for homicide or negligent manslaughter last year, and thefts totaled more than $20 million worth of property loss.
    
Jackley says South Dakota overall remains a relatively safe place to live. But he also says an increase in criminal activity justifies further strengthening crime prevention and enforcement efforts, especially in the areas of sex offenses and violent crimes.
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