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 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.
Using data from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the towns with the most break ins in every state. Towns — defined as places with populations between 2,500 and 25,000 — are ranked by the number of burglaries reported for every 100,000 people. In Hawaii, there are no qualifying towns with available crime data.
Though each of the towns on this list ranks as having the highest burglary rate in its respective state, burglary rates in these places vary considerably, from 191 incidents per 100,000 people to 4,327 per 100,000. Still, in nearly every town on this list, burglary rates exceed the statewide rate as well as the national rate of 314 per 100,000.
Burglary, along with larceny and motor vehicle theft, is one of three criminal offenses that make up the property crime category. Due in large part to higher than average burglary rates, in every town on this list, the overall property crime rate exceeds the comparable statewide rate. Here is a look at the city with the most property crimes in every state.