The violent crime rate in the United States increased by about 5% in 2020. This increase was driven by a 29% increase in the number of homicides, the largest increase on record. However, not all forms of criminal violence have increased over the past year. Continuing a decades-long downward trend, the rate of thefts declined in the United States in 2020 and is now at its lowest level since at least the mid-1980s.
According to the FBI, theft is a crime in which force or thforce or violence is used to take, or attempt to take, something of value from another person. The majority of thefts are committed in the street or nearwalks. HanFirearms are the most common weapon used in robberies and, more often than not, of cases where a suspect has been identified, the perpetrator and the victim are strangers to each other.
Despite the long-term decline in thefts nationwide, there were still nearly a quarter of a million reported theft cases in 2020, accounting for about 19% of all reported violent crime – and in parts of the country , theft is much more common than average.
Using data from the 2020 FBI Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the metropolitan area with the most thefts in each state. Metropolitan areas are ranked according to their theft rate, specifically the number of reported thefts per 100,000 population.
It is important to note that in eight states there is only one eligible metropolitan area with data available. In each of these cases, which are noted, the listed metropolitan area only ranks by default as having the most flights. In two states – Alabama and Pennsylvania – there are no eligible metropolitan areas with available crime data.
Although each of the metropolitan areas on this list ranks as having the highest theft rate in their respective state, the theft rates in these locations vary widely, from 14.5 incidents per 100,000 people to 185.4 percent. 000. Yet in the vast majority of metropolitan areas on this list, robbery rates exceed the state rate. The theft rate nationwide is 73.9 per 100,000.
Robbery is one of the four broad categories of violent crime – along with aggravated assault, rape, and homicide – and most of the metropolitan areas on this list also have a higher overall violent crime rate than the United States. State as a whole.
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