15 Major Cities With the Most Break-Ins and Burglaries

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Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on Porch.

Despite perceptions of rising crime, theft has become far less common in recent years than it used to be, and property crime rates declined even more sharply during the pandemic.

That said, there are still hotspots where break-ins and burglaries are far more common than in the typical American neighborhood. While approximately 400 burglaries and 1,700 larceny-thefts per 100,000 people annually have been the national norm over the past five years, there are cities in the United States that report rates double or even triple those numbers.

As with anything, an understanding of what burglars are after and where they are active can help keep the trend heading lower. Over the last decade, the number of larceny-thefts fell nearly 20% from 6.3 million to 5.1 million, and the number of burglaries was cut in half from 2.2 million to 1.1 million, according to FBI statistics from 2015 to 2019.

And it’s not a new trend. Since 1993, property crimes declined dramatically — by 55% to 71%, depending on which source of stats you look at, Pew Research found.

Looking at the past five years of crime data, burglars were about twice as likely to target a home than a business or other building, and nearly half of all burglaries occurred during broad daylight. Once in, thieves were often after two items in particular: money and jewelry. Together, those valuables were worth more than the remaining top categories of stolen goods combined. Of those other items, office equipment, electronics and clothing were common targets.

To find out which cities were hotspots for theft, researchers at Porch analyzed data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program between 2015 to 2019 and then calculated the average number of burglaries and larceny-thefts per 100,000 residents.

Here are the large U.S. cities (350,000 or more residents) with the most burglaries.

15. Dallas, TX

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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000 residents: 752
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 1,925
  • Average annual burglaries total: 10,044
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 25,729

14. Houston, TX

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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 763
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 2,931
  • Average annual burglaries total: 17,762
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 68,295

13. Las Vegas, NV

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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 782
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 1,608
  • Average annual burglaries total: 12,618
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 26,052

12. Columbus, OH

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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 782
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 2,558
  • Average annual burglaries total: 6,833
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 22,374

11. Minneapolis, MN

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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 818
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 2,950
  • Average annual burglaries total: 3,445
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 12,438

10. Milwaukee, WI

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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 828
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 1,794
  • Average annual burglaries total: 4,943
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 10,710

9. Wichita, KS

Wichita, Kansas
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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 841
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 3,935
  • Average annual burglaries total: 3,289
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 15,381

8. Kansas City, MO

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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 872
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 2,592
  • Average annual burglaries total: 4,216
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 12,577

7. Oklahoma City, OK

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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 918
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 2,532
  • Average annual burglaries total: 5,936
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 16,364

6. Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, California
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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 1,014
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 2,471
  • Average annual burglaries total: 3,869
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 9,425

5. Seattle, WA

Seattle, Washington
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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 1,064
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 3,583
  • Average annual burglaries total: 7,669
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 25,807

4. Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, Maryland
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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 1,132
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 2,772
  • Average annual burglaries total: 6,927
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 16,942

3. Detroit, MI

Detroit, Michigan
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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 1,168
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 2,161
  • Average annual burglaries total: 7,825
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 14,471

2. Tulsa, OK

Tulsa Oklahoma
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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 1,314
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 3,351
  • Average annual burglaries total: 5,302
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 13,518

1. Memphis, TN

Memphis, Tennessee
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  • Average annual burglaries per 100,000: 1,384
  • Average annual larceny-thefts per 100,000: 4,070
  • Average annual burglaries total: 9,056
  • Average annual larceny-thefts total: 26,609

Methodology

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Crime statistics for 2015–2019 are from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program. To identify which city residents experience the most property crime, researchers calculated the average number of burglaries per capita for 2015–2019. All cities present for years 2015–2019 in the FBI data with at least 100,000 people were included in the analysis.

The number of burglaries and larceny-thefts per 100,000 residents was calculated as the ratio between the average number of burglaries in 2015–2019 and the city population multiplied by 100,000.

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