Communities and law enforcement agencies across the United States are grappling with rising rates of deadly violence, as the murder rate in the United States peaked in nearly two and a half decades in 2020. Despite the recent increase in homicides, however, most Americans face a higher risk of being the victim of crimes that do not involve violence.
Property crimes, a broad category of theft-related offenses, are by far the most frequently reported major crimes in the United States, accounting for over 80% of the most serious offenses documented and reported by the FBI. Property crimes fall into one of three categories: theft, burglary and vehicle theft.
Theft is defined as the illegal taking of property – pick-pocketing and shoplifting being two common examples – and is the most common form of property crime in the United States. Burglary, defined as the illegal entry of a structure to commit a crime, such as theft, is the most serious form of property crime tracked by the FBI. Vehicle theft, on the other hand, is a crime that can be either the theft or attempted theft of a vehicle, such as a car, motorcycle or ATV.
A total of 6.5 million property crimes were reported in the United States in 2020, resulting in the theft of tens of billions of dollars in property, of which only a fraction was recovered. In some cities, property crime is a particularly serious problem.
Using data from the 2020 FBI Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the city with the highest property crime rate in each state. Cities are ranked according to the number of reported property crimes per 100,000 population. We have defined cities based on population thresholds, with at least 2,500 inhabitants and less than 25,000 inhabitants. In two states – Hawaii and Illinois – there are no eligible cities with available crime data.
Although each of the cities on this list ranks as having the highest property crime rate in their respective state, the property crime rates in these locations vary widely, from 1,529 incidents per 100,000 population to 22 004 per 100,000 – more than 11 times the national rate of 1,958 properties. crimes per 100,000 inhabitants. In every city on this list, the property crime rate exceeds the statewide rate.
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