Burglary – defined as the illegal entry of a structure, such as a home or business, to commit theft or a crime – is the most serious non-violent offense identified by the FBI. There were just over a million reported burglaries in the United States in 2020, the largest share of which occurred on residential properties, more often during the day than at night.
Burglaries are usually carried out for profit and each year these crimes result in billions of dollars in stolen goods. Not only do burglary victims usually suffer property loss, they can also be impacted psychologically. Many burglary victims have reported increased anxiety, difficulty sleeping, feelings of vulnerability, and even post-traumatic stress disorder in some cases.
While burglaries can happen anywhere in the United States, in some parts of the country they are much more common. that others.
Using data from the 2020 FBI Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the metropolitan area with the most break-ins in each state. Metropolitan areas are classified according to the number of reported burglaries per 100,000 inhabitants.
It is important to note that in seven states there is only one eligible metropolitan area for which data is available. In each of these cases, which are noted, the listed metropolitan area ranks as having the highest burglary rate by default only. In three states – Alabama, Kansas, and Pennsylvania – there are no eligible metropolitan areas with available crime data.
While each of the metropolitan areas on this list ranks among the highest burglary rates in their respective states, burglary rates in these locations vary widely, from 115 incidents per 100,000 to 1,203 per 100,000. In the majority of metropolitan areas on this list, burglary rates exceed the statewide rate as well as the national rate of 314 per 100,000.
Burglary – along with theft and motor vehicle theft – is one of the three criminal offenses that make up the property crime category. Due in large part to higher-than-average burglary rates, in nearly all of the metropolitan areas on this list, the overall property crime rate exceeds the comparable statewide rate. Here is a look at the city with the highest number of property crimes in each state.
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