Helena, MT crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 48 per one thousand residents, Helena has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 21. Within Montana, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Helena.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 33,124, Helena has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Helena does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Helena.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Helena does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Helena.

For Helena, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Helena is one in 174.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Helena is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Helena, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 24, which is a rate of 42 per one thousand population.

Helena Crime Data

 

Crime Index

5

(100 is safest)


Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

Helena Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

190

1,400

1,590

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

5.74

42.27

48.00

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
5.74
4.05
National Median: 4
    Helena
    Montana

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 174

in Helena

1 in 247

in Montana

Helena VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 33,124
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 57 8 125
Rate per 1,000 0.00 1.72 0.24 3.77

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
42.27
21.93
National Median: 21
    Helena
    Montana

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in Helena

1 in 46

in Montana

Helena Property CRIMES

Population: 33,124
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 125 1,201 74
Rate per 1,000 3.77 36.26 2.23

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Helena Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
97
28
National Median: 28.3
    Helena
    Montana