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20 U.S. Cities With the Most Burglaries

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For most people, safety is a top priority, and nobody wants to live in an area where they’re constantly forced to worry about their safety. Unfortunately; however, some places are simply more dangerous than others. With that being said, if there’s one thing that many people all across the country fear, it’s being the victim of theft. There are constantly stories in the media about people who have been burglarized, and nothing compares to the feeling of vulnerability that comes with knowing that your home and/or possessions can be taken at any moment. Although it’s nearly impossible to know for sure what will happen in the future, you can do your best to stay educated and aware of your surroundings. Here are 20 U.S. cities with the most burglaries.

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Akron, OH

Akron is known for being a pretty tough city, and unfortunately the city has certainly lived up to its reputation. For years, Akron has been dealing with a high number of crimes across the board, and the city’s stats for burglary are also very high. Statistics released in 2015 showed that Akron averaged 1,555 burglaries per every 100,000 people.

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Fort Lauderdale

The sunny city of Fort Lauderdale may feel like a slice of paradise, but the city is also known to have a relatively high number of burglaries. In fact, Florida as a whole tends to have high instances of theft, and  in recent years, Fort Lauderdale, which has a population of roughly 168,603, there were 1,574 burglaries per 100,000 people.

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Indianapolis

For those who live far away from Indianapolis, it may come as a surprise to see this city on the list. After all, most people’s perception of Indiana is clean and wholesome, and while there are certainly some quiet areas in the state, the city of Indianapolis has a high instance of burglary. With a population of roughly over 800,000 Indianapolis averages 1,622 burglaries per 1,000 people.

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Fayetteville, NC

Sometimes referred to as Fayettnam, Fayetteville, NC is known for its rough neighborhoods and violent crimes. However, violent crimes aren’t the only thing the city is struggling with. In recent years, the city, with a population of just over 201,0000, saw 1,625 burglaries per 100,000 people.

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Mobile, AL

With a population under 200,000 people, Mobile, Alabama is a relatively small city. However, it’s size certainly doesn’t mean that it’s safe. Theft and burglary have been a problem in the city for several years, and recently, Mobile saw more than 1,500 burglaries throughout the city.

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Memphis

The city of Memphis may be known for its BBQ, but it’s also known for its burglaries. In 2015, a report indicated that the city experienced nearly 2,000 robberies per 100,000 people, and there were several very shocking stories. In the fall of last year, police shot a burglary suspect after a victim dialed 911 while hiding in her home.

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Little Rock

Not only does the city of Little Rock have a reputation for having a high number of burglaries, but things only seem to be getting worse. Last summer, news reports indicated that day time burglaries in certain parts of the city were on the rise

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Birmingham

Located less than 100 miles from Alabama’s capital city, Birmingham is the largest city in the state. However, with its size comes several problems that are commonly associated with big cities, and burglary is one of them. In recent years, Birmingham averaged 1,893 burglaries per 100,000 of its 212,295 residents.

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Columbus, OH

Columbus is one of Ohio’s most well-known cities, but sadly, all of the things it is known for aren’t positive. According to a CNBC, “In 2011, Columbus experienced 49,043 property offenses, 15,169 of which were burglaries.” However, despite dealing with large amounts of crime, Columbus seems to be working to improve its reputation.

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San Antonio

The saying “everything is bigger in Texas” is one of the state’s most popular phrases. Unfortunately; however, bigger doesn’t always mean better, and San Antonio’s burglary statistics are proof. According to, CNBC, “In 2011, The Washington Post reported that the population of San Antonio had grown to 1.3 million, an increase of 16 percent since 2000. This increase is part of the overall population explosion that has been going on in Texas in the new millennium. This growing city experienced 80,868 property offenses in 2011, of which 15,334 were burglaries.”

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Cincinnati

Just like Cleveland, the city of Cincinnati, is also dealing with a large number of crime. Although Cincinnati saw a decline in crime during the early 2000s, the crime rate in the city has been moving upward. While the city is mostly known for violent crime, burglaries are also an issue. Recently, the city has averaged nearly 2,000 burglaries per 100,000 people.

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Flint

Located less than 70 miles from Detroit, the city of Flint has a reputation all of its own. Although the population is much smaller than that of Detroit’s, Flint is still facing some pretty serious big city issues. In a report released in 2015, the city reported more than 1,900 burglaries per 100,000 people.

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Jackson, MS

As the largest city in the state of Mississippi, Jackson has a population of 173, 514. Although the city is small compared to some of the biggest states in the country, Jackson is dealing with some issues that you may not expect from a charming southern city. While theft in general is a problem in the city, burglaries in particular have been happening n high numbers. Over the last few years, the city averaged more than 1,900 burglaries per 100,000 people.

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Detroit

Detroit may be Michigan’s largest city, but other than that it doesn’t have much to brag about. ‘t’s no secret that crime is a major issue for Detroit. The city’s financial issues have given rise to high numbers of theft and violent crime, and while there are people working tirelessly to turn things around, Detroit continues to struggle.

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Los Angeles

Flashing lights and big name celebrities are what most people think of when they envision Los Angeles. However, the City of Angels also has a devilish side. According to CNBC, “crime rate has undergone consistent decline for the past two decades. Despite this improving picture, the city still fell victim to 17,264 burglaries during 2011.” While improvements have certainly been made, crime in L.A. remains an issue in the present.

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New York

New York is the most populated city in country. However, the number of violent crimes in New York are actually low for a city of its size. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for burglaries. The number of burglaries in NYC has been known to reach over 15,000 a year during the last several years.

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Phoenix

There’s no denying that Phoenix is a beautiful city. With constant warm weather and great scenery, it’s very easy to fall in love with Arizona’s capital city. However, like New York, Phoenix’s declining crime rate doesn’t seem to include burglaries. Just a few years ago, the city experienced nearly 20,000 robberies in just one year.

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Dallas

The city of Dallas is yet another example of how Texas’ bigger and better philosophy isn’t always better. If there’s one thing that has certainly proven to be big in the city, it’s the number of burglaries. In fact, even some of Dallas’ best and most-well known neighborhoods have experienced a few burgleries.

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Chicago

Crime in the city of Chicago has been receiving national attention for decades. Unfortunately, crime is the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Chicago, and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. But while violent crime has damaged the city’s reputation, burglaries have also proven to be an issue.

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Houston

As the most populated city in Texas, Houston is one of the most well-known cities in the country. As a result, Houston has become a popular dentition for people looking to travel and relocate. However, what many who are headed to the city may not know is that Houston also has a high number of burglaries. Although the number seems to be on the decline, in 2013, there were more than 23,000 burglaries in the city.

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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.