What are the odds that you’ll become the victim of a burglary? It depends largely on where you live. Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation collects and organizes data on a variety of criminal behaviors (violent crime, murder, assault, property crime…) in major cities across the nation. Burglary is one of the crimes assessed by the bureau, and it may surprise you to learn where some of our most popular cities rank on the spectrum.
The Top 10 Cities
The data below is from 2012, the most recent year for which we have comprehensive statistics. You can view the complete list at the FBI website, along with detailed numeric breakdowns. The FBI measures crime rates as rations per every 100,000 citizens in the population, since cities can vary dramatically in population size.
- Cleveland, Ohio (2,473.5 per 100,000)
- Toledo, Ohio (2,352.6 per 100,000)
- Memphis, Tennessee (1,912.7 per 100,000)
- Detroit, Michigan (1,907.5 per 100,000)
- Cincinnati, Ohio (1,851.1 per 100,000)
- Indianapolis, Indiana (1,761.6 per 100,000)
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1,654.4 per 100,000)
- St. Louis, Missouri (1,564.6 per 100,000)
- Tulsa, Oklahoma (1,563.0 per 100,000)
- Oakland, California (1,544.0 per 100,000)
- Buffalo, New York (1,515.0 per 100,000)
- Kansas City, Missouri (1,500.6 per 100,000)
- Stockton, California (1,476.4 per 100,000)
- Atlanta, Georgia (1,416.8 per 100,000)
- Bakersfield, California (1,404.0 per 100,000)
- Dallas, Texas (1,296.0 per 100,000)
- Baltimore, Maryland (1,242.3 per 100,000)
- Minneapolis, Minnesota (1,225.4 per 100,000)
- Houston, Texas (1,223.1 per 100,000)
- Greensboro, North Carolina (1,211.4 per 100,000)
- Albuquerque, New Mexico (1,205.9 per 100,000)
- Phoenix, Arizona (1,205.8 per 100,000)
- Fresno, California (1,166.4 per 100,000)
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1,164.0 per 100,000)
- San Antonio, Texas (1,135.3 per 100,000)
Some Interesting Trends
- Ohio holds 3 of the top 5 spots (including the number 1 and number 2 spots) for burglaries, with Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati.
- Among the top 50 cities for burglary, California is ranked 6 times: Oakland (#10), Stockton (#13), Bakersfield (#15), Fresno (#23), Sacramento (#38) and Long Beach (#47).
- Only Texas has more cities than California in the top 50, with 7 in total: Dallas (#16), Houston (#19), San Antonio (#25), Fort Worth (#27), Arlington (#39), Austin (#42) and Corpus Christi (#50).
- New York City, which was once a bastion of criminal activity, actually ranks at #74 for burglaries in major cities. In cities with a population of 250,000 or more, the Big Apple ranks at the very bottom.
America’s Safest Cities
Now that we’ve discussed some of the nation’s most crime-ridden cities, what are some of the safest places to call home? Despite all the doom and gloom, America is actually becoming much safer overall. For instance, robbery rates dropped 38% between 1992 and 2011, according to the FBI. Last year, Business Insider compiled a list of America’s safest cities, also based on FBI crime data. Here are the top 10:
- Irvine, California (robbery rate 86% below average)
- Fremont, California (robbery rate 47% below average)
- Plano, Texas (robbery rate 65% below average)
- Madison, Wisconsin (robbery rate 11% below average)
- Irving, Texas (robbery rate 47% below average)
- Scottsdale, Arizona (robbery rate 55% below average)
- Boise, Idaho (robbery rate 73% below average)
- Henderson, Nevada (robbery rate 43% below average)
- Chandler, Arizona (robbery rate 46% below average)
- Chula Vista, California (robbery rate 20% below average)
Protect Your Home
Your geographic location may impact your likelihood of being robbed, but a burglary can happen anywhere, and it’s important to protect yourself and your family. If you don’t already have an alarm installed in your home, it may be time to invest in a quality home security system. By taking simple steps to secure your family and belongings, you can prevent the unthinkable from happening, whether you reside within the low-crime borders of Irvine, California, or within the burglary-prone reaches of Cleveland, Ohio.