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Montana Crime Statistics

This page contains crime rates for Montana. You can look through the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime data over time, and see how Montana compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Montana, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 311,589 total crimes reported in Montana (26,734 of them violent). Of the 31,159 crimes that take place per year in Montana, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Montana every 16 minutes. This includes 221 murders, 2,649 rapes, and just about two hundred and fifty thousand thefts (including 18,027 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Montana for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Montana has been reduced by 30%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 27%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general improvement in crime over the last 10 years in Montana. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to twenty-seven thousand for Montana in 2009.

Crime Trends in Montana (1999-2008)

Please take note that these graphs show reported crime rates and some sudden changes in crime data are the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like Montana (1999-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Montana law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The FBI has noted the following deviations from their data quality guidelines:

  • Limited data for 1999 were available for Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, and New Hampshire; therefore, it was necessary that their crime counts be estimated. See Offense Estimation, Appendix I, for details.
  • Limited data for 2000 were available for Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and Montana; therefore, it was necessary that their crime counts be estimated. See Offense Estimation, Appendix I, for details.
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