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By Michelle Bigelbach
The Courier 

Glasgow Rated Fourth Safest City in Montana


After reviewing 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data, SafeWise, a safety and security system reviewer company, recently identified Glasgow as the fourth safest city in Montana.

In the report, Glasgow, with a population of 3,442 at the time of the study, experienced 1.74 violent crimes while 6.68 property crimes occurred per 1,000 people. When reviewing the total number of crimes, 26.09 percent were violent crimes while 73.91 percent were property crimes.

Mayor Becky Erickson tells The Courier, “I believe the reason Glasgow is rated the fourth safest community in Montana is due to the fact we are different – when something serious happens, our community comes together as a whole. The Glasgow Police Department has acquired many resources through grants; training, equipment and man-power that add to their resourcefulness. We are unique in the fact that we always try to partner with agencies in addressing specific crimes.”

In determining the safest cities in Montana, the evaluation was based on the number of reported violent crimes, such as aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery, in each city. If there was a tie, they also factored in the number of property crimes, such as burglary, arson, larceny and motor vehicle theft. The report authors calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city in order to make it easier to compare the likelihood of occurrence for these crimes in cities with vastly different populations.Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI was excluded from the ranking system.

The safest city according to the report was Dillon, followed by Columbia Falls and Laurel. Glendive, Whitefish, Miles City, Livingston, Great Falls and Belgrade also made the list.


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