This section lists and charts official FBI Uniform Crime Report data for Montana cities and towns.
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Reports are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States. Each years data is released in June/July of the following year.
Caution Against Ranking
Each year when Crime in the United States is published, some entities use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, or region. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.
See Caution Against Ranking for additional information.
- The violent crime figures include the offenses of murder, rape (legacy definition), robbery, and aggravated assault.
- The figures shown in these tables for the offense of rape were estimated using the legacy UCR definition of rape. A revised definition of rape was issued in 2013. Because of changes in the state/local agency's reporting practices, figures are not comparable to previous years' data.
- The murder and nonnegligent homicides that occurred as a result of the events of September 11, 2001, are not included in this table.
- The data collection methodology for the offense of forcible rape used by the Illinois and the Minnesota state UCR Programs (with the exception of Rockford, Illinois and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota) does not comply with national UCR Program guidelines. Consequently, their figures for forcible rape and violent crime (of which forcible rape is a part) are not published in this table.
- In some cases, the FBI determined that the reporting agency's data was underreported. Consequently, that years data was not included in this table.
Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports, US Census
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