Special Report

The 50 Towns With the Highest Rate of Larceny Theft

Of all the most serious crimes tracked by the FBI — known as Part I offenses — larceny is by far the most common. There were 4.6 million cases of larceny-theft reported in the United States in 2020, accounting for nearly 60% of all Part I offenses, which also include murder, assault, robbery, rаpe, vehicle theft, and burglary. 

Larceny is a classification of crime that includes all nonviolent theft, with the exception of motor-vehicle theft. Common examples of larceny include purse snatching, pick pocketing, shoplifting, and bicycle theft. According to the most recent available estimates from the FBI, larceny-thefts result in an estimated $5.9 billion in losses to victims annually. 

Though larceny-theft is relatively widespread in the United States, in some parts of the country, Americans are at especially high risk of being the victim of theft. 

Using data from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the towns with the highest larceny-theft rates. Towns are ranked by the number of larcenies reported for every 100,000 people. We defined towns based on population thresholds, having at least 2,500 people and less than 25,000 people.

In every town on this list, larceny theft rates are more than triple the national rate of 1,398 incidents per 100,000 people. The largest share of towns on this list are in the South, though the Midwestern state of Missouri is home to six of the towns on this list, more than any other state. 

Larceny is one of three criminal offenses that make up the property crime rate. Due in large part to higher than average larceny rates, in every town on this list, the overall property crime rate also far exceeds the national rate of 1,958 incidents per 100,000 people. Here is a look at the city with the most property crimes in every state.

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