Montana ranks 41st among states for burglary arrests in a recently released study that also noted that such crimes are “notoriously hard” to solve.
The report from ASecureLife, an online researcher of the security industry, finds that, according to FBI statistics from 2017, there were 275 arrests in the Treasure State in regards to 3,615 total burglaries, or about 8%.
Delaware was the best state for arrests with 24%, or 950 arrests in 3,970 burglaries and Nebraska was the worst with 1%, or 53 arrests for 6,472 total burglaries, ASecureLife found.
The website notes that burglaries cost Americans nearly $3.4 billion in property loss in 2017, or an average of $2,416. Of those cases, 13% were solved. They note that burglary rates increase from June to August when people on vacation leave houses empty for long periods of time.
The study claimed about 64% of burglaries occur during the daytime. Most commonly stolen items by burglars are are cash, jewelry and guns.
Neighboring states fared better in the report. South Dakota was ninth, Idaho was 18th, North Dakota was ranked 27th and Wyoming was 19th.
After Delaware, rounding out the top five states were Connecticut, California, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Filling out the bottom five, after Nebraska, were Illinois, New Mexico, Kansas and Mississippi.
The report also noted that seven of the top 10 states with high burglary arrests were on the East Coast.
The Montana Board of Crime Control noted, however, there were 3,432 burglaries in 2017. It also provided information on burglaries in Montana from 2014 to 2018 ranging from 3,169 in 2014 to 3,740 in 2016 and dipping to 3,046 in 2018.
The report urges people to increase security with such devices as cameras, file a police report and insurance claim. ASecureLife also urges people to monitor Social Security number and credit card activity due to possible identity theft.
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To read the report, go to https://bit.ly/31pGzFV