The “Gateway to the Plains” is quite a safe and friendly place to visit. The state of South Dakota is well below the national average for violent crime, and the town of Sioux Falls has a fairly low crime rate. The town is home to numerous historic sites and tourism is big business, so you shouldn’t experience any problems. Petty crime is low, but as with traveling anywhere a certain amount of caution should always be maintained, especially at night. Don’t flash large sums of money, and keep an eye on your possessions while on the go.

If you’re using a rental car make sure to lock the doors while visiting tourist attractions, restaurants, museums and while parked at your hotel or motel. . The roads in South Dakota are well-maintained but in the rural parts there are not a lot of street lights or lamp posts so you should be aware of this when driving late at night, especially as the area around Sioux Falls can mean winding and narrow roads in some parts. Be aware of sudden rural stop signs and watch for animals that can dart suddenly onto the road as well.

Photocopies of travel documents and credit cards should be kept separate from the originals and key telephone numbers maintained to contact banks if credit cards are stolen or lost.