The latest crime numbers are in from the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.
Law enforcement across the state made more than 45,000 arrests last year.
Murder and drug arrests are down compared to 2017.
Meanwhile, pornography and assault arrests are up.
Another area that was up is fraud.
Authorities made 800 fraud arrests in 2018.
That’s compared to 639 in 2017.
A majority of those arrests last year were for impersonation.
KELOLAND News decided what police are seeing locally in Sioux Falls.
They’re a part of many people’s lives, and they’re also linked to one of the most common fraud reports taken by Sioux Falls Police: credit cards.
“Some people have credit cards stolen that are used. Some people have credit cards that are compromised and those numbers are used,” Sioux Falls Police Department PIO Sam Clemens said.
The culprit isn’t always easy to track down.
“If it’s somebody locally that’s using that credit card, we have a good chance of solving that crime and making that arrest. If it’s someone using a cloned card from another part of the region or country, those ones are harder to crack,” Clemens said.
So what can you do?
Make sure you’re monitoring your credit statements each month.
Jessie Schmidt with the Better Business Bureau also recommends getting a free credit report.
“You’re going to want to see if any new credit has been opened in your name. So that would be someone who steals your credit card and wants to open a new one or just steals your identity and wants to take out a new credit card,” Schmidt said.
Of course, this is just one type of fraud happening in KELOLAND.
No matter what the case may be, always be on your guard.
“Before you give money to someone who’s calling you on the telephone; before you think the IRS is calling you; reach out to somebody else, whether it be one of your children, a good friend, a neighbor,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt also said you can call the Better Business Bureau if you have questions.
There’s a lot more to see in the Crime in South Dakota 2018 report.
You can read the full report here.