The No. 1 City With the Highest Burglary Rate in America Will Shock You
When talking about crime, gun violence and your chances of being killed are probably the most serious parts of the discussion. Gun violence and murder are scary subjects, but burglary is actually one of the most common crimes in the United States. You can protect yourself by knowing the things burglars look for before breaking in, but if you might still be at risk if you live in a city with one of the highest burglary rates in America.
Security company ADT looked at the data and found out which cities have the highest burglary rates in America per 10,000 people. Just one city (page 5) is close to a major metropolis, and three states put two cities on the list, including two states that dominate the top five (pages 7, 8, 9, and 11). After all that, we’ll visit five cities where burglaries are hardly a problem.
First, however, let’s talk about what a burglary is and what the national trends are.
First things first
According to the FBI, a burglary boils down to illegally entering a building and committing a felony or theft, whether or not entry is forced. Burglary is different from robbery, which is using or threatening to use force to take something.
Being a victim of a burglary or a robbery is scary, but your chances of being burgled are as low as ever. The national burglary rate of 468.9 per 100,000 people in 2016 is a significant drop from 918.8 in 1997.
Next: One the most dangerous cities in this state has more burglaries than the others.
10. Danville, Ill.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 219.9
- Population: 31,597
This city in east-central Illinois starts our list. Danville has one of the highest burglary rates in America, and it’s generally unsafe. It’s one of the most dangerous cities in Illinois, right there with big cities such as Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield. We’re only guessing, but maybe Danville residents feel they need to steal in order to pay all that income tax they owe.
Next: Not much is golden in this city.
9. El Dorado, Ark.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 220.5
- Population: 18,339
As the county seat for Union County, the law enforcement presence in El Dorado is strong. In addition to the local police, the city has a sheriff’s office, too. However, that police presence isn’t keeping burglaries down in The Golden (as it translates from Spanish) city. This small town in south central Arkansas checks in with just over 220 burglaries per capita.
Next: Another county seat shows up on our list.
8. New Castle, Pa.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 233.5
- Population: 22,142
There’s a theme tying our first three cities together: All three are country seats. New Castle sits on the western edge of Pennsylvania, about an hour northwest of Pittsburgh. Even though it’s far away from the big city, New Castle has a high burglary rate more fitting of a major metropolis.
Next: As close as we get to a big city.
7. College Park, Ga.
Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 235.2
This is as close as we get to a big city when talking about the highest burglary rates in the country. Sitting southwest of downtown Atlanta, College Park contains part of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport as well as a major convention center. All the travelers and hotels in the area apparently make it a hotbed for burglaries.
Next: Poverty and a high burglary rate in this next town.
6. Anniston, Ala.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 269.4
- Population: 22,112
Sure, the poverty in Alabama makes the United Nations shudder, but that’s no excuse for the high burglary rate in Anniston. This county seat city near the border with Georgia has one of the highest burglary rates in America with nearly 270 per 10,000 people. As we will soon see, things could be a lot worse.
Next: Big tax refunds aren’t enough for this city’s residents.
5. Hammond, La.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 275.8
- Population: 20,609
Residents of Louisiana get some of the biggest tax refunds in the country, but apparently, that’s not enough for the people of Hammond. With more than 275 burglaries per capita, it checks in with one of the highest burglary rates in America.
Next: Burglary and other crimes are an issue in this city.
4. Laurinburg, N.C.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 285.0
- Population: 15,473
Laurinburg’s burglary rate boils down to nearly three per 100 people, but that high rate isn’t the only problem in town. In the early part of 2018, the city had a teenage shooting, murder and attempted murder, and a nursing home rape.
Next: The most dangerous city in North Carolina isn’t what you’d expect.
3. Lumberton, N.C.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 341.2
- Population: 21,499
We just visited Laurinburg, N.C., where is high burglary rate is a problem. Well, Lumberton is just down the road and it shares a lot of the same problems. The burglary rate is even higher here than in Laurinburg, and Lumberton is actually the most dangerous city in North Carolina.
Next: Things could always be worse.
2. Blytheville, Ark.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 347.2
- Population: 14,375
Blytheville is in Arkansas’ northeast corner, near Missouri and Tennessee. It’s one of the smallest cities on this list, and it has one of the highest burglary rates in America. With about 3.5 burglaries per 100 people, Blytheville is merely No. 2 on our list. As we are about to see, it would take a lot more to jump up to No. 1.
Next: No. 1 by a mile
1. Bastrop, La.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 429.8
- Population: 10,578
Louisiana gets a lot of money from the federal government, but that money doesn’t do anything to prevent burglaries. The state from has two of the top five cities with the highest burglary rates in America. Bastrop, in the northern part of the state, is No. 1 by a wide margin, with more than four burglaries per 100 residents.
Next: Where residents ask, ‘What’s a burglary?’
The 5 places where you’re safest from burglary
We’ve shown you the places where burglaries are rampant. Now let’s visit the cities where you hardly have to worry about it.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 34.9
- Population: 673,184
It’s one of the worst cities to own a car, but Boston is doing just fine when it comes to burglaries. Like any big city, it has good parts and bad parts, but by and large the metro area has one of the lowest burglary rates in the country.
Next: A vacation town where your belongings are safe.
4. Lancaster, Pa.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 32.9
- Population: 59,218
Lancaster is a great vacation destination, and it’s also one of the places where burglaries rarely happen. This city between Philadelphia and the capital in Harrisburg has less than 33 burglaries per 10,000 people
Next: Loose marijuana laws and low burglary rates.
3. Washington, D.C.
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 29.1
- Population: 693,972
The nation’s capital has some of the loosest marijuana laws in the nation, but those laws aren’t impacting the burglary rate. For being one of the biggest cities in the country, Washington, D.C., has very few burglaries per capita.
Next: A relatively safe spot along the border.
2. El Paso, Texas
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 28.0
- Population: 683,080
El Paso has its share of problems, but burglary isn’t one of them. It is one of the cities where the population has a low income, it’s running out of clean drinking water, and it borders Mexico’s violent Ciudad Juarez. Despite all those factors, it has very low burglary rate with just 28 per 10,000 residents.
Next: A city you probably wouldn’t expect.
1. New York City
- Burglary rate per 10,000 people: 25.1
- Population: 8.5 million
Sure, a $500,000 house won’t get you much in New York’s astronomically expensive real estate market, but at least you don’t have to worry too much about burglaries if you live in The Big Apple. The reason could be two-fold: People living close to one another, and savvy residents doing everything they can to avoid burglaries. Whatever it is, you are relatively safe from a break-in in New York.
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