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Crime Prevention

Tip 411 Crime Tips
Fight crime with your fingertips using Tip411. Now you can send an anonymous crime tip to police, either by text message or using a secure online form. The service removes your identifying information, including phone number or IP address, to make your tip completely anonymous. 
Text a tip:
  • Text 'RCPD' and your tip to 847411.
  • Police may respond to ask for more information. Simply text back 'stop' at any time to end the conversation.

Submit a tip online:

Download the app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch:

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The program is not monitored 24/7. In an emergency situation or to report a crime in progress, call 911. There is no charge to text your tip to police, but standard text messaging rates from your wireless provider may apply.
Tip 411 Public Safety Alerts
Sign up now to receive public safety alerts from Rapid City Police. You can choose to receive alerts as a text to your mobile phone, or by email. Police will send periodic information and alerts to subscribers, including traffic notices, safety information, crime trends in their neighborhood, and more. This free service will help police communicate directly with the public about relevant safety information.
Neighborhood Watch Groups
There are several Neighborhood Watch groups operating in Rapid City. For more information, contact your Sector Lieutenant.
More info from National Neighborhood Watch can be found at USAonWatch and
Crime-Free Multi Housing
Crime Free Multi-Housing is a program in which the Rapid City Police Department partners with management of apartment complexes, mobile home parks, and hotels in order to better facilitate a reduction of crime in those residential areas. It’s a multi-faceted and proactive approach to reducing crime in Rapid City.

Managers of these types of residential locations can expect to learn concepts specifically designed to reduce crime in their properties. This is facilitated in a variety of ways, including special-design, surveillance, and access control. Managers will receive education on active property management.

To get started on the road to certification, you can contact program coordinators here.

Phases of the program are lined out as follows:


8 hour seminar that discusses the following:

  • Crime prevention techniques and understanding the criminal mindset
  • Risk management
  • Target hardening
  • CPTED concepts and strategies
  • Drug presentation
  • Gang presentation
  • Civil Issues
  • The application process
  • The crime-free lease addendum
  • RAIDS online
  • Managers meetings/networking

Upon completion of the class, each participant is given a green certificate and each management team can begin to implement the Crime Free Lease Addendum, which is the heart and soul of the program. The lease addendum has been upheld in court in each state where properties actively work CFMH.

Phase 2

CPTED inspection of the property upon request. 6 minimum criteria must be met in order to pass this phase:

  • Solid core doors / metal wrapped doors
  • 180 degree view holes
  • Positive lock windows and sliding doors or wooden dowels utilized on ground floor apartments
  • Adequate lighting in buildings and parking lots
  • Deadbolt locks in the door with at least a 1” throw
  • 3 inch screws into the strike plate

A red certificate will be issued at the completion of Phase 2.  This will be a certificate, which needs an annual update to remain certified. 

Phase 3

Consists of a safety social where the management team will invite the residents to a gathering.  It is meant to be a time for residents to get to know one another and share in food and non alcoholic drinks which the management team provides.  It can also be a time where the FD is invited out, possibly a K-9 dog to do a demonstration, and various organizations can set up a display outlining what they do.  The CFMH instructors will also have material on hand about crime prevention.

A blue certificate is given at this time.

At the same time a gold certificate is given out.  This is to signify the property is fully CFMH certified.  This certificate has an expiration date on it and will only be re-issued upon an annual safety social.

Any property that becomes a part of CFMH can request reports on incidents that happen on their properties at no cost.  This assists management teams in evictions and problem people. Any property that becomes fully certified is now receiving a monthly calls for service statistics sheet, showing whether they are above average, below average, or at a normal level for calls for service.  If a trend is observed due to calls for service, the management team and Crime Prevention officers will take a closer look at what is going on and work together to resolve the situation.

Properties currently certified in Rapid City:

  • Knollwood Townhomes, 25 Knollwood Dr
  • Knollwood Heights Townhomes, 100 Surfwood Dr
  • South Creek Village Apartments, 3142 Outlook Circle
  • Driftwood Estates, 428 E. Fairlane Dr
  • Alps Park Apartments, 1800 Shaver St,
  • Cornerstone Apartments, 1220 East Blvd
  • Eagle Ridge Apartments, 121 Stumer Rd
  • Denver Terrace Apartments, 110 Denver St.

Crime-free Mobile Housing:

  • Meadowlark Trailer Park, 840 N. Spruce Street

Crime-free Hotel/Motel:

  • Fair Value Inn, 1607 N. Lacrosse Street
General Tips
Three factors must be present for a crime to occur: desire, ability and opportunity. YOU can have a significant impact on the last one, OPPORTUNITY, and can significantly reduce crime by taking simple crime prevention steps.

At Home:

  • Use a door viewer before opening your door.
  • Always demand identification from strangers (even repair or sales persons).
  • Always lock up your home before leaving.
  • Don't hide your house keys outdoors anywhere.
  • Use interior and exterior lighting at all times.
  • Have keys ready and in your hand for immediate use when you return home.
  • Join Operation Identification - most burglars will not steal marked property.


  • Plan your route ahead of time.
  • Never walk alone at night; walk with a friend or your dog.
  • Use well lit streets; not dark alleys or bushy areas.
  • Carry signaling devices like shriek alarms or a whistle.
  • Carry pepper spray (requires a short training course first).
  • BE ALERT ! Look behind you occasionally.
  • NEVER ask for or accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Don't carry large sums of money or wear valuable jewelry.
  • Don't resist an armed robber - hand over whatever is demanded quickly and quietly.
  • Your life and safety are worth more than any personal property.

Purse Protection:

  • If possible, don't carry one.
  • Never carry anything you can't afford to lose in it.
  • Carry your purse across the front of your body, with your forearm across the front of the purse and your elbow held tightly against your side.
  • Carry your keys, wallet or other valuables in pockets in your clothes.
  • Carry minimum amounts of cash and credit cards.
  • Keep a record of all of your card numbers.


  • Always look inside before entering your car.
  • Lock all doors immediately after you are in the car.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • If a stranger approaches while you are in the car, keep the windows up, doors locked and engine running.
  • Honk your horn if you need to attract attention.
  • Park in well lit areas at night.
  • Always lock your car when leaving it.
  • Consider installing an auto burglar alarm system.
  • Don't leave anything valuable in your car if at all possible.
Burglary Prevention

Exterior Doors

Many residential doors are of wood hollow-core construction and have poor locks. They are easily forced or kicked open. If you want better protection, you need to install solid doors and quality locks. For maximum protection, use metal doors. Do not use doors with glass panels.

Arcadia (sliding glass) Doors
Many burglars enter homes through poorly protected sliding glass doors. Additional locks and security measures here will prevent the door from being opened or lifted out of the track.
Screws installed in the track above the sliding door frame will prevent the door from being lifted out of the track. Drill a pilot hole in the top track above, and slightly in, from each corner of the sliding door frame section and install a screw into each hole. Adjust the screws so that the head of the screw just barely clears the frame when it is moved back and forth. Auxiliary patio door locks may also be purchased and install easily.
Double Doors
These doors need solid security as they are easily jimmied or forced open. Flush lever bolts installed at the top and bottom of the doors are recommended. Make sure the bolt is long, sturdy and mounted into a solid door frame.
Doors with Windows
Doors with glass windows or glass ornamentation require double key deadbolt locks. This prevents the burglar from breaking the glass and reaching inside to unlock the door. IMPORTANT - The key to a double key deadbolt lock should be left in the lock at all times when someone is home (this is necessary to ensure easy exit in the event of a fire or other emergency).
Garage Doors
Standard locks on garage doors are easily pried, allowing a burglar access to your home without detection. Cane bolts and hasps are excellent protection. Make certain each side of the garage door is secured to prevent prying open a crawl space. The door leading from the garage into the house should be securely locked. The more barriers you provide against the burglar, the better protected you are.
Many homes have doors which open to the outside, exposing the hinge pins. Despite your good strong lock, the burglar can remove the pins and lift the door from the frame. To prevent this, remove two opposing screws from each leaf of the hinge. Screw a long lag bolt into the frame side of the hinge leaf and saw off the head leaving about 1/2 inch protruding. Drill out the opposite hole to allow the bolt to enter when the door is closed. Do this to the top and bottom hinge plates. The hinge pins can now be removed by the burglar but the door will remain firmly in place. This technique is good for any door, no matter how t he hinges have been placed.
Door Viewers
In order to avoid opening your door without knowing who is there, install a door viewer. This device has a wide angle lens to let you see someone standing outside your door without opening it.
Deadbolt Locks
A deadbolt lock can provide good protection. When you turn the key, the lock mechanism slides a strong metal bolt from the door into the frame. When you buy a deadbolt lock, make sure:
  • The bolt extends at least one inch from the edge of the door.
  • The connecting screws that hold the lock together are on the inside of the door.
  • The strike plate is attached to the door frame with screws that measure at least three inches in length.
  • The cylinder has a steel guard around the key section. The cylinder guard should be tapered or rotate freely around the key section to prevent wrenching if it is twisted.
When selecting padlocks to secure your garage door, storage shed, fence gate or tool box, do not economize. Low priced locks are made from low quality materials and easily pried open or cut with bolt cutters. Look for these features when purchasing a padlock:
  • Double locking shackle at the toe and heel
  • Hardened steel shackle, the larger the diameter the better
  • Five pin tumbler
  • Key retaining feature (prevents removal of the key when unlocked)
  • A strong steel hasp should be used with the padlock.
Double Cylinder Deadbolt
This lock is basically the same as the single cylinder deadbolt, except that it requires a key to be used from either side to function.
Rim Lock
This lock has either horizontal or vertical deadbolts. It cannot be easily slipped, pried or forced with a wrench. This lock, like all others, requires a strong mounting surface and hardware to be effective.
Single Cylinder Deadbolt
A solid bolt, activated by a key from the outside or a knob on the inside, slides into the door frame. The lock cannot be slipped or easily pried. Deadbolt locks are only as good as the door and frame they are installed in.
Spring Latch
Some homes come equipped with this lock. It offers very little protection. The bolt can be slipped with a credit card or knife. This same lock, with a deadbolt latch, provides more protection, but it too can be forced open.
You may also purchase special key locks for windows at a hardware store.
Sliding Windows
Sliding glass windows should be given the same security treatment as arcadia doors. Use the same supplementary locks or screws in the frame. Screws installed in the track above the sliding window frame will prevent the window from being lifted out of the track.
Drill a pilot hole in the top track above each corner of the window frame and install a screw into each hole. Adjust the screws so that the head of the screw just barely clears the frame when it is moved back and forth.

Casement - Crank Windows
These windows are easily secured. The latch should close properly with the window tight. With the latch in a closed position, drill a small hole through the latch frame and handle. Insert a metal pin through the hole to lock the window.
For additional security, a small padlock can be used in place of the pin. Key operated replacement latches are also available from a locksmith or hardware store. Keep the key handy in case of emergency.
Double Hung Windows
An easy, inexpensive way to secure your windows is to use the "pin" trick. Drill an angled hole through the top frame of the lower window partially into the frame of the upper window. Then insert the pin (a nail or an eyebolt which is slightly smaller in diameter than the hole). The window can't be opened until you remove the pin. Make a second set of holes with windows partially open so you can have ventilation without inviting intruders.
Pedestrian/Crosswalk Safety

 Tips for Pedestrians and Bicyclists:

  • Always use crosswalks. It might seem like a hassle to walk halfway down the block to use a crosswalk, but it could prevent a serious accident.
  • Bicyclists are required by state law to stop before entering the road. Accidents often happen when cyclists enter the street without stopping. Teach your children to always stop and look for cars before entering the street.

Tips for Drivers:

  • It's summer, so be aware that there are pedestrians and bicyclists out and about, whether you're on a busy street or in a residential neighborhood. Slow down and stay alert.
  • Stop for pedestrians at intersections and crosswalks. At crosswalks that aren't controlled by walk signals, state law dictates that drivers must stop for pedestrians entering the crosswalk.
  • Never pass another car stopped at a crosswalk. Accidents often happen when one lane of traffic stops for a pedestrian to cross, but the other lanes of traffic don't.

Rapid City Ordinances

SD Codified Laws

RCPD Guidelines for CCTV Surveillance Systems
For CCTV recordings to be effective in investigating crime they must be clear, reliable and easily accessible by police investigators. These main points must be considered:
Quality - are the pictures clear enough?
Storage – is the video stored long enough for investigations?
Export - can someone easily export the video from the system? Playback - can a third party (investigators, attorneys, courts) easily view the video?
In order to ensure the value of video, your CCTV system should meet the following requirements:
Quality - Are the pictures clear enough?
1. Before installing a CCTV system you should have a clear idea of what you want the system to do and how it should perform (e.g. recognize the face of someone walking through a doorway, or read a vehicle license plate). More detailed guidance on this can be found at
2. It should not be expected that enhancement features, such as zoom controls, would provide extra detail. If you can't see it, then it's not clear enough for reliable analysis.
3. You should test the system using a volunteer, actual lighting conditions, etc.
4. The quality of the recorded or printed pictures will differ from the live display, and are usually worse. In testing, you must especially review recorded images.
5. Ensure the time and date on the system is correct. Some systems can synchronize with the NIST Atomic Clock at . You may also use your cell phone time display.
6. The quality of the pictures should not be compromised to allow more to be squeezed onto the system. Purchase enough hard drive storage capacity to record at “best quality” and “highest resolution” for the desired time-frame (31 days minimum).
7. Regularly maintain all aspects of the system (e.g. camera focus, cleaning of lenses, an unobstructed field-of-view, uninterruptible power source, etc).
Storage - Are the pictures stored appropriately?
8. Access to the system and recorded images should be controlled to prevent tampering or unauthorized viewing. This is especially important for units with network connections.
9. A digital log should be kept of who has accessed the system and when. Some systems provide and maintain this log automatically.
10. Physical protection methods such as locked rooms or cabinets are just as effective as electronic protection methods that require proprietary software or hardware. However, these electronic features can hinder a police investigation. If used, passwords must be available to law enforcement 24/7.
11. It is very important that recordings be retained at least 31 days before being overwritten.
12. It should be possible to protect specific pictures or sequences, identified as relevant to an investigation, to prevent overwriting before an investigator can view or extract them.
Export - Can the pictures be easily exported from the system?
13. A trained operator and simple user guide should be available to assist the investigator in replay and export. The contact information of the installer should be kept with the DVR.
14. If the playback software needed to replay the images is not included in the export, the investigators will have trouble viewing them. Export of a system event log or audit trail, and any system settings with the pictures will help establish the integrity of the recordings.
15. The system needs to be capable of exporting small or large amounts of video quickly without losing quality. For medium-to-large downloads, the system should have the ability to export to a 'plug-and-play' hard drive or USB flash memory device.
16. The system should not apply any file compression to the images when exported, as this can reduce the usefulness of the content. It should be able to export the native files and a playback software to review them. It should also be able to export universally-compatible files (.wmv, .avi, .mp4, etc.) for playback in Windows Media Player, Apple Quicktime, etc.
Playback - Can the pictures be easily viewed by authorities/courts?
17. The playback software must allow the investigator to search the pictures effectively and see all the information contained in the picture and data associated with it.  
18. It should be possible to playback exported files immediately, e.g. no re-indexing of files or verification checks.
Identity Theft