In just about every city across the United States, there’s at least one homeowner who is considering adding a home security system to their home. The reason? In 2014, the most recent year the FBI provides nationwide crime data for, there were 8,277,829 property crimes in the country. Property crime, by definition, includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Certain areas of the country have gained a stigma around them for being “unsafe”, but one look at data will actually show that a city like New York City has one of the lowest crime rates in the entire nation! Here’ s a list of the top # most burglarized cities in the United States, some of which may surprise you.
6,581.9 property crimes per 100,000 residents
This former outpost in the Sonoran Desert has grown to a major US city, and home to the University of Arizona, one of the nation’s premier institutes. With a population of just over 500,000, burglaries are a major problem for law enforcement and property owners in the area.
Just a short hour drive to the north of Tucson, Chandler, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, reports a property crime rate of nearly ¼ of that that Tucson has, making it one of the safest cities in the US.
6,359 property crimes per 100,000 residents
The land of Mickey Mouse is also the land of breaking in cars and houses, according to FBI statistics. The combination of sprawling neighborhoods and a regular influx of tourists and rental cars leaves would-be burglars with opportunities abound. Orlando’s population as of 2016 was just above 280,000, but with 68 million visitors in the same year, the city’s total number of people rises to that of a major US city on any given day.
St. Louis, Missouri
6,252.6 property crimes per 100,000 residents
St Louis is a midwestern city on the banks of the Mississippi River has a population of just over 310,000, but also carries one of the highest property crime rates in the nation. While in St. Louis, a person carries a 1 in 16 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime. The vast majority of these crimes fall under the burglary and theft category, making a home security system for homeowners in St. Louis a “must have” to keep their property safe and secure.
5,988 property crimes per 100,000 residents
The home of country music is quickly becoming the home of property crime as well. Crime reports are showing that property crime in Memphis has risen over 10% in 2017. The good news for homeowners is that the majority of this uptick in property crime comes in the form of vehicle theft. However, thieves have become comfortable checking cars parking in driveways and in front of homes, leaving no reason to not have a home security system installed at your home or business that may aid law enforcement in catching the thieves.
5,943.3 property crimes per 100,000 residents
On the north side of San Francisco bay lies Oakland, California. In recent years, both Oakland and San Francisco have experienced a sharp increase in property crimes, most notably vehicle break-ins and theft. With over 25,000 property crimes just within Oakland city limits yearly, it’s important for both residents and visitors alike to keep vehicles locked, park in a well-lit area, and, if possible, have a security system monitoring where vehicles are parked and/or stored.
5,747.4 property crimes per 100,000 residents
Atlanta is a city that has been struggling with property crime for a greater part of the last 50 years. While violent crimes are on the downtrend, property crimes continue to spike, despite local law enforcement’s efforts to curb the problem. The property crime rate in Atlanta is more than double the national average, causing homeowners in surrounding suburbs and neighborhoods to protect their property and install comprehensive home security systems to deter criminals and thieves.
St. Petersburg, Florida
5,642.2 property crimes per 100,000 residents
Similar to Orlando, St. Petersburg is a major tourist destination for those flocking to Florida. Unfortunately, St. Petersburg also suffers from a property crime problem, with over 13,000 reported burglaries and thefts reported in the last year. With a population of just over 250,000, residents of St. Petersburg have a 1 in 18 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime. These odds worsen as 15 million annual visitors flock to the white sand beaches of this Gulf Coast resort town.
5,562.2 property crimes per 100,000 residents
As a city that was hit hard by industrial production being moved overseas, Cincinnati, along with surrounding towns, often find themselves high up on the list of highest crime cities in the USA. While an astounding 15,000 property crimes were reported in the last year, it’s important to note that more than 50% of those crimes were committed in 10 of the 53 established neighborhoods in Cincinnati.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
5,556.1 property crimes per 100,000 residents
While Albuquerque itself lands at number 9 on this list, New Mexico as a whole is living up to it’s “Breaking Bad” reputation, and now has become the worst state for property crime. In 2016, New Mexico reported over 80,000 property crimes, with about 47% of them taking place within Albuquerque’s city limits. Homeowners in Albuquerque, as well as throughout the rest of New Mexico, are turning to home security providers to help them secure their property and possessions.