Special Report

Odessa, TX Has One of the Highest Break-In Rates in the Nation

Burglary — defined as the unlawful entry of a structure, such as a home or business, to commit a theft or felony — is the most serious nonviolent offense tracked by the FBI. There were just over 1 million burglaries were reported in the United States in 2020, the largest share of which were committed in residential properties, more often during the day than at night.

Burglaries are typically carried out for monetary gain, and each year, these crimes result in billions of dollars in stolen property. Not only do victims of burglaries typically suffer material loss, but they can also be impacted psychologically. Many burglary victims have reported heightened anxiety, difficulty sleeping, feelings of vulnerability, and even post-traumatic stress disorder in some cases.

While burglaries can happen anywhere in the United States, in some parts of the country, they are far more common than others.

The Odessa metro area in Texas has one of the highest burglary rates in the country. According to the FBI, a total of 859 burglaries were reported in Odessa in 2020, or 508 for every 100,000 people. For context, there were 314 burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide the same year.

Burglary — along with larceny and vehicle theft — is one of three criminal offenses that make up the property crime category. Due in large part to the higher than average burglary rate, the overall property crime rate in Odessa is also higher than average. There were 2,957 property crimes in the metro area for every 100,000 people in 2020 — well above the national property crime rate of 1,958 per 100,000.

All crime data used in this story is from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report. Only metro areas for which the boundaries defined by the FBI match the boundaries as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau were considered.

 

Rank Metro area Burglaries per 100,000 people, 2020 Total burglaries, 2020 Property crimes per 100,000 people, 2020
50 Beaumont, TX 511 2,002 2,052
49 New Bern, NC 530 657 2,151
48 Redding, CA 524 936 1,921
47 Lawton, OK 574 723 1,862
46 Odessa, TX 508 859 2,957
45 Columbia, SC 512 4,335 3,272
44 Lafayette, LA 515 2,523 2,487
43 Fayetteville, NC 518 2,752 2,334
42 Fort Smith, AR-OK 520 1,303 2,883
41 Charleston, WV 523 1,332 2,306
40 Spartanburg, SC 525 1,703 2,447
39 Sumter, SC 529 742 2,744
38 Springfield, MO 535 2,533 3,302
37 Wichita Falls, TX 537 809 2,564
36 Greensboro, NC 540 4,194 2,675
35 Little Rock, AR 541 4,039 3,179
34 Fairbanks, AK 547 180 4,152
33 St. Joseph, MO-KS 559 698 3,541
32 Corpus Christi, TX 565 2,430 2,944
31 Asheville, NC 565 2,638 2,634
30 Yakima, WA 566 1,420 2,725
29 Spokane, WA 572 3,277 3,479
28 Albany, GA 574 837 2,938
27 Memphis, TN-MS-AK 580 7,822 3,719
26 Springfield, OH 588 784 2,901
25 Amarillo, TX 588 1,561 3,043
24 Kalamazoo, MI 591 1,571 3,307
23 Shreveport, LA 603 2,369 3,588
22 Springfield, IL 612 1,257 N/A
21 Vallejo, CA 615 2,751 2,391
20 Goldsboro, NC 615 758 2,512
19 Rapid City, SD 617 887 2,971
18 Seattle, WA 617 24,849 3,157
17 Oklahoma City, OK 620 8,847 2,916
16 Fargo, ND-MN 649 1,611 2,829
15 Decatur, IL 659 677 N/A
14 Pueblo, CO 660 1,112 N/A
13 Tulsa, OK 667 6,704 3,110
12 Pine Bluff, AR 668 578 3,048
11 Florence, SC 673 1,379 3,601
10 Albuquerque, NM 688 6,356 3,654
9 Enid, OK 704 430 2,580
8 Bakersfield, CA 708 6,358 3,106
7 Lubbock, TX 796 2,584 3,682
6 Monroe, LA 836 1,665 3,654
5 Danville, IL 880 658 N/A
4 Jonesboro, AR 1,003 1,358 2,928
3 Alexandria, LA 1,019 1,541 4,019
2 Lake Charles, LA 1,066 2,247 3,814
1 Hot Springs, AR 1,203 1,200 3,584

 

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