So, those of you who follow free range parenting have heard about Bridge Kevane’s arrest for leaving her under-teen children alone at a Bozeman Montana mall. What’s interesting is the following comment from the Bozeman police:

“We’re not going to take a chance with a child’s life safety,” said [Bozeman Police Department Deputy Chief Marty] Kent. “We’ve got some weird people here. We have murderers, and we have a huge meth problem. This is a real city, this isn’t Mayberry.”

So, I was left wondering, what do the actual statistics say about murder in Bozeman? I have no doubt that Kent’s impression is valid from his point of view; but talking to a police officer about crime is like talking to a lawyer about law suites; they think everybody does it.

But the FBI does gather statistics on these things. We can look them up on the FBI web site, although it would be really sweet if they were in Wolfram Alpha as a time series. Oh well.

For 2002, the number of reported murders in Bozeman: 0
For 2003, the number of reported murders in Bozeman: 0.
For 2004, the number of reported murders in Bozeman: 0.
For 2005, the number of reported murders in Bozeman: 0
For 2006, the number of reported murders in Bozeman: 0.
For 2007, the number of reported murders in Bozeman: 0.

Now, Bozeman is a small town at 30,000 people, but the murder rate does sound like Mayberry.

And what does a huge Meth problem have to do with leaving your children at the mall?

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