At Protect America, we’ve put together a list of the 10 cities in South Dakota with the lowest burglary rates.

We call these cities “Burglary Safe Zones.” We’ve also made a list of the 10 cities in South Dakota with the highest burglary rates. We call these cities “Burglary Hot Spots.”

Our lists are based on data from the recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. We only counted cities that submitted burglary data.


2016 South Dakota Burglary Safe Zones

  1. Brandon
    • Population 9,992, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Brandon is home to the largest free car show in the region, Automania.
  2. Lead
    • Population 3,006, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: In the early 30s, many of Lead’s buildings were moved uphill from the bottom of the canyon, due to fear of cave-ins.
  3. North Sioux City
    • Population 2,663, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: North Sioux City is the site where Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927.
  4. Tea
    • Population 4,718, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Tea’s motto is “Tea… A Growing Tradition.”
  5. Mobridge
    • Population 3,527, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: In Siouan Native American language Lakota, Mobridge means “over-the-river town.”
  6. Canton
    • Population 3,375, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: The first and only institution for “Insane Indians” was placed in Canton, the Hiawatha Asylum. It closed in 1934.
  7. Wagner
    • Population 1,578, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Founder of Wagner, Walter Wagner, built a tar paper covered store and was granted a postal right by the government.
  8. Winner
    • Population 2,846, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Billy Jack films were based on the poor treatment of Native Americans received by some residents of Winner.
  9. Deadwood
    • Population 1,258, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: HBO TV series “Deadwood,” was based off the early history and setting of, you guessed it, Deadwood.
  10. Hot Springs
    • Population 3,464, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: Hot Springs is a literal translation of the Lakota word “Minnekahta.”

2016 South Dakota Burglary Hot Spots

  1. Chamberlain
    • Population 2,405, Burglaries 18
    • Town trivia: In the Siouan language Lakota, Chamberlain is called Makhathipi, which translates to ‘dirt house.’
  2. Sioux Falls
    • Population 172,313, Burglaries 1,089
    • Town trivia: A full-sized reproduction of Michelangelo’s statue of “David” is located in Sioux Falls
  3. Rapid City
    • Population 73,801, Burglaries 451
    • Town trivia: Rapid City is home to the “City of Presidents,” a series of life-sized bronze statues representing each of the American presidents.
  4. Spearfish
    • Population 11,225, Burglaries 66
    • Town trivia: The Black Hills in Spearfish once forbid whites by law and treaty from entering the area.
  5. Martin
    • Population 1,063, Burglaries 6
    • Town trivia: Martin was named for Eben Martin, a U.S. representative from South Dakota.
  6. Mitchell
    • Population 15,797, Burglaries 81
    • Town trivia: Mitchell is home to the Corn Palace, where different colored dried corns and grains are hung up as decorations, creating murals.
  7. Box Elder
    • Population 9,614, Burglaries 43
    • Town trivia: This past year, a Box Elder couple found their missing dog tied up in a dumpster.
  8. Clark
    • Population 1,029, Burglaries 4
    • Town trivia: Production of Dakota Style potato chips are operated in Clark.
  9. Aberdeen
    • Population 28,219, Burglaries 102
    • Town trivia: On October 25, 1999, a plane crash that carried golfing star Payne Stewart as a passenger crashed in a field near Aberdeen.
  10. Flandreau
    • Population 2,268, Burglaries 8
    • Town trivia: In 2015, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe sought to open the first marijuana resort, but burned their crops after federal officials called for a potential raid.

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