New data suggests incidence of violent crimes in the state, revealing a notable decline in various criminal activities based on data provided by the Montana Board of Crime Control. The most significant drop was observed in the number of murders, which decreased by 38.6% from 57 cases in 2022 to 35 cases in 2023. This reduction suggests a positive trend in addressing and preventing lethal violence within the state.
The second-largest decrease was recorded in reported cases of rape, showing a 29.3% decline. In 2022, there were 570 reported rapes, compared to 403 cases in 2023. This considerable reduction indicates potential improvements in initiatives related to sexual assault prevention and support services.
Aggravated assault also demonstrated a noteworthy decrease, with 602 fewer cases reported in 2023, totaling 3,818 incidents in 2022. This decline in assaults points towards enhanced safety measures and community efforts in curbing violent confrontations. Conversely, robbery experienced the smallest decrease among the mentioned crimes, with a total of 322 reported incidents in 2023, highlighting an area where law enforcement and community stakeholders may need to focus additional attention to further enhance public safety.