It is tremendous simple to complain and moan about crime in Billings and it looks like theft and violent crimes are on the rise. However what do the stats present? Is crime actually exploding across the Magic Metropolis? If that’s the case, what are the police doing about it?
The Billings Police Division launched their annual report right this moment (4/9) and since I doubt most of you’ll learn the entire 66 page PDF, let me break down the highlights (lowlights?) for you on this extremely condensed article.
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The BPD serves 42 sq. miles of metropolis with 154 sworn personnel and 31 civilian workers. The entire 2020 price range was simply over $26.1M. There are a median of 16 officers and commanders on every of the three every day shifts, unfold amongst 9 zones in Billings.
Murder was up considerably in 2020.
One of many largest jumps in crime knowledge got here from a big improve in homicides. In 2019 there have been solely 5. The 12 months earlier than had 7. In 2020 there have been 22 homicides (prison, justifiable or negligent). As of the top of 2020, 68% had been cleared by arrest, warrant or the suspect was deceased. The remaining circumstances are nonetheless underneath investigation.
What about these stinkin’ thieves?
Housebreaking offenses rose in 2020, up from 585 circumstances to 738. Automobile theft and unauthorized car use circumstances jumped from 692 studies to 982. Whole mixed circumstances of theft (shoplifting, theft from buildings or autos, and so forth.) additionally rose considerably, from 3,768 to 4,275.
DUI’s dropped barely, whereas visitors citations plummeted in 2020.
Drunk driving citations have hovered proper round 600 per 12 months for the final decade and 2020 was not a lot totally different. DUI circumstances slipped from 617 to 602. The best recorded breathalyzer outcome was in December, when an impaired driver hit .421. It seems that BDP officers wrote considerably fewer visitors tickets in 2020, with citations plummeting from 28,847 in 2019 to 18,615 in 2020.
It isn’t all dangerous… visitors accidents and different crimes had been down.
The report reveals visitors accidents in Billings dropped by virtually 500 circumstances. There have been 4,014 incidents in 2019 and three,524 in 2020. Friday is the preferred day to get in a wreck, with the very best proportion of accidents occurring on King Ave West and the intersection of Hilltop and Principal. Citizen complaints to Animal Management had been down barely. Trespass and fraud circumstances each dropped barely in 2020 and drug offenses, runaway circumstances, and weapons offenses additionally fell.
For those who dig native crime numbers and stats, the 2020 Report is definitely pretty fascinating. Police Chief Wealthy St. John will probably be internet hosting a Fb Reside occasion on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:30 PM to current and area questions from the general public.
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