property crime

How Likely Is Your Home to Be Broken Into?

No one wants to think that they will become a property crime victim. While we can all make sure we lock our doors and windows before we leave, keep the lights on, and pull the drapes- it may not be enough. The FBI published their Preliminary Semi-Annual Crime Report, which states that there were 383,328 burglaries in the first 6 months of 2019 alone.

Crime Statistics Overview

According to the FBI Crime Overview report, the overall burglary rate has actually declined by 11%, while property crime saw a lesser 6% decline- still reporting over 2.4 million cases. Violent crime decreased as well:

  • Robbery: down 7.4%
  • Rape: down by 7.3%
  • Murder/manslaughter: down by 3.9%
  • Aggravated assault: down by 0.03%

Though we are seeing a steady decline in crime rates since the 1970s in areas with populations around 100,000 or more, some suburban areas have actually increased in petty crime.

Top Cities for Property Crime

We have included the top 10 cities for reported property crime, listed from highest to lowest. This number is calculated as per 100,000 people.

  1. Tucson, AZ
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. St. Louis, MO
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Memphis, TN
  6. Oakland, CA
  7. Atlanta, GA
  8. St. Petersburg, FL
  9. Cincinnati, OH
  10. Albuquerque, NM

Top Cities for Burglary

Property crime includes motor vehicle theft and larceny-theft; therefore, it can house a larger number of crimes than just home theft. Below are 10 cities with the highest rate of burglary per 100,000 people, ranked highest to lowest. Keep in mind non-reported incidents are not included in this measure.

  1. Santa Fe, NM
  2. Youngstown, OH
  3. Springfield, OH
  4. Canton, OH
  5. Hamilton, OH
  6. Gary, IN
  7. Macon, GA
  8. Lorain, OH
  9. North Little Rock, AK
  10. Albany, GA

How Does Violent Crime Relate to Burglary?

Arrest rates have continued to increase with improving technology and process systems. This may be a contributing factor to the decline of violent rates but has also led to the most congested prison system in the world. There could be an argument that more effective arrests and jailing processes have captured most of the criminal population. But it is unlikely that, even with the 2.3 million incarcerated individuals, every criminal is in the correctional system. Perhaps a more substantial claim is the fact that fewer violent individuals are committing non-violent crimes in fear of being caught. As violent crimes go down, so will non-violent naturally as most planned crimes are less impulsive and more thought out- including the increasing challenges to avoid getting caught.

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How to Protect Your Home

Security systems have proven to decrease the likelihood of a burglary or property crime by nearly 100%. Investing in an alarm system is step one in arming your home against intruders. There are also endless additional solutions you can purchase like:

  • movement-triggered lights
  • camera systems
  • interactive doorbells
  • Fences and coded locks

One revolutionary tool in home protection is security screens and doors. Crimsafe offers industrial grade, steel security screens to make breaking locks or windows impossible. Learn more about Crimsafe’s products here.