US Cities with the Highest Burglary Rates

This infographic shows the United States cities with the highest burglary rates. So what’s the city with the highest rate of burglaries in the U.S.? Surprisingly, it isn’t a big city like New York but Hot Springs, a tiny city in Arkansas. As far as burglary rates go for the top 100 most populous cities in the country, the highest were from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bakersfield, California and Memphis, Tennessee. Check out the infographic below to find out if your city made the list!

Burglary Rates Of United States Cities

US Cities With Highest Burglary Rates
Los Angeles, California

Unfortunately, burglary rates are high in some cities in the United States. According to the FBI, there were more than 1.5 million burglaries in 2015, resulting in a loss of $3.6 billion or $2,316 per burglary on average. Despite this statistic, only 30% of households in the United States have security systems, according to a New York Times article. So just how worried should you be about home burglaries? The infographic below might shed some light.

Related: The Best Home Security Systems of 2019 

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US Cities Highest Rate of Burglary


Other Factors That Affect Burglary Rates

Single females and children are more susceptible to burglaries.

Of course, there are many other factors that affect who’s burgled aside from the city they live in. The United States Department of Justice studied who was victimized by household burglaries in their special report, Victimization During Household Burglary. They had some interesting finds, like how burglary rates can differ by:

  • Household type: If you live in a hotel or motel, you’re the most likely to get robbed when you’re not home. Next came mobile homes then houses and apartments. Interestingly, student housing is one of the least likely housing types to be burglarized.
  • Income: Unfortunately, lower-income homes are more likely to be burglarized, with households with annual incomes under $7,500 as the most likely to be burgled when home.
  • Age: Households where the head member is 12 to 19 years old are most likely to be burglarized, while people 65 and older are the least likely to be robbed.
  • Gender: For single females and children, burglaries are the most likely when someone is home, while single males with children are the most vulnerable to burglaries when no one is home.
  • Race: American Indian or Alaskan Native heads of households are most likely to get burglarized, with 57 burglaries per 1,000 people.

Recap of the Highest Rates of Burglary by United States City

If your city is on the list, don’t fear. There are a bunch of ways you can increase your home’s security, like investing in a security system or even a security camera. For more information, check out our review of the best home security cameras of 2019.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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