News of a reported rape in downtown Sioux Falls had people talking about safety in the area Tuesday evening.
"I'm stunned, I'm horrified, and I think for it to happen so close to the police station is kind of mind boggling," Susan Grace said.
"That makes me a bit nervous now that I know that," Brittanie Leonard said.
Grace found herself walking around downtown trying to get some answers.
"Actually, I had some friends out this weekend, and I used to work at 6th and Main for several years, and many times over the weekend we'd be working late at night," Grace said.
This incident is one that is starting to change her mind about the safety of downtown overall.
"There's a lot of officers that are patrolling this area. I think there's a lot of questionable activity already going on. This part of Sioux Falls, you look at maybe a little bit differently," Grace said.
Brittanie Leonard likes walking downtown, but knows as the sun goes down, her feeling of safety disappears.
"If I'm walking at night, I don't; not if I'm by myself. I have to have somebody with me," Leonard said.
The reported rape over the weekend is of no surprise to some people walking around downtown. In fact, the dangers of downtown Sioux Falls have been apparent for some time.
"We always get harassed and stuff like that by people all the time," Tina Richardson said.
Richardson's feeling about downtown Sioux Falls has changed over time.
"We used to come downtown and walk our dogs around here all the time around this time at night or later, but not anymore," Richardson said.
Because of her experiences downtown, what was reported over the weekend comes as no surprise.
"It doesn't shock me at all that it happened by the police station because they're getting braver and braver. It's really sad," Richardson said.
Police say that random crimes do not happen very often, but if you want to feel safer, they suggest not walking alone at night, stay in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings.