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First Six Months Crime Statistics Show Positive Outlook

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Crime statistics for the first half of the year create a somewhat hopeful outlook, at least so far this year.

"Positive note for the beginning of the year so hopefully we can continue it for the rest of the year," said Lt. Kevin Iffland with the Billings Police Department.

Statistics show a downward trend for the three categories of robbery, burglary and theft. Robbery is down about 43 percent, burglary down about 32 percent, and theft about 19 percent. But it's the time of year to watch out for seasonal crimes.

"We will see an up tick in the summer time,” Lt. Iffland said. “I believe it's because of some of the weather, people being out and about, people leaving their garage doors open, people leaving their car doors unlocked, windows down, things of that nature so crimes of opportunity increase when the weather's nicer."

During the summer months, security system companies see an influx of calls for the summer.

"A lot of people are reactionary in their quest for a security system,” said Thad Lensing, Kenco Security and Technology director of marketing and sales. “Usually something bad has happened. We try to teach or coach or mentor to use the proactive approach instead of the what ifs."

Lt. Iffland suggests being a good neighbor and watching for suspicious activity. "Don’t make yourself an easy victim. Things do happen. Crimes do occur. You do get things stolen but don't make it easy. Lock your cars. Lock your doors. Do the simple things to assure that it's not just a crime of opportunity."

Billings Police say the statistics so far for this year are unaudited numbers, meaning the data could change.

 

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