Why Elmira Town, New York's Reports of Property Crime Are So Low

Property crime is a broad category of offenses comprising three subcategories: burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. A total of 6.9 million property crimes were committed in the United States in 2019 — or 2,110 for every 100,000 people.

Though property crime offenses are not as severe as violent crime offenses, such as aggravated assault or robbery, their impact on victims can be substantial. An estimated $14.3 billion worth of personal property — from clothing and jewelry to firearms and motor vehicles — were stolen in the United States in 2019. During the COVID-19 pandemic, certain forms of property crime have spiked. According to a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania, car thefts are up considerably in major cities around the country. And while home burglaries are down, commercial retailers are reporting a substantial spike in burglary cases.

In Elmira Town, New York, property crime is almost non-existant. In 2019, the most recent year of available data, there were a total of 2 property crimes reported in the city — or 36 for every 100,000 people.

The FBI tracked property crime in 4,543 U.S. cities with populations of at least 5,000 in 2019 — and nearly all of those cities reported at least one property crime that year. Of those 4,537 cities that reported one or more incidents of property crime, Elmira Town ranks No. 4,535 by property crime rate.

Just as property crime is less common in Elmira Town than it is nationwide, property crime is also less common in New York than it is nationwide. A total of 267,155 property crimes were reported in New York in 2019, or 1,373 for every 100,000 people. Of all 50 states, New York has the sixth lowest property crime rate.

The property crime rate in Elmira Town ranks as No. 194 of the 196 cities in New York for which the FBI has data.

Across the United States, larceny-theft is the most common form of property crime. Of the 6.9 million property crimes committed in the U.S. in 2019, about 73% were incidents of larceny-theft. In Elmira Town, larceny-theft accounted for just 50% of all reported violent crimes in 2019.

Of the three types of property crime, burglary ranks the highest on the FBI’s hierarchy of crime severity. In Elmira Town, a city of about 5,590 residents, there was one burlgary reported in 2019, or 18 for every 100,000 people. The national burglary rate stands at 341 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Property crimes are just one component of crime in an area. To provide a more comprehensive view of overall crime levels across the country, 24/7 Wall St. recently published extensive crime reports with data visualizations for over 4,000 cities and all 50 states. Click here to see the full list of cities with visualized data.