Property crime is a category of non-violent offenses comprising three subcategories: burglary, larceny theft, and motor vehicle theft. According to the FBI, a total of 6.9 million property crimes were committed in the United States in 2019. The total value of goods stolen — ranging from clothing and jewelry to firearms and motor vehicles — is estimated $14.3 billion.
Adjusting for population, there were a total of 2,110 property crimes for every 100,000 people in the United States in 2019. Of course, crime is a highly local phenomenon, and as a result, property crime rates vary substantially from state to state and city to city.
Montana is a relatively rural state and has only six cities and towns home to at least 20,000 people where crime is tracked by the FBI. Of them, Great Falls has by far the highest property crime rate. There were 5,807 property crimes for every 100,000 people in the city in 2019, more than double the state property crime rate of 2,322 incidents per 100,000.