- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A report by the Montana Board of Crime Control has found that most crime across the state has decreased.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1OIkyZk ) that the “Crime in Montana” report released Thursday shows crime dropped slightly in 2014 compared to the previous year, with a downward trend over the past decade.

The violent crime rate per 100,000 population dropped about 3 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, with a 10-year trend showing violent crime dropping 25 percent from 2005 to 2014.

Property crime dropped about 2 percent in 2014, though motor vehicle thefts have increased.

Rape offenses increased in 2014 by 10 percent compared to the previous year, but the report shows rape reports have been on the rise since 1984, possibly due to increased willingness of victims to report incidents.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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