- How Safe Is Your Home from A Break-In
- Fast Facts on Burglary Statistics and Crime Data
- Top 10 Cities with the Highest Property Crime
- Top 5 Cities with the Highest Number of Murders
- Where do Burglary Statistics Come From?
- Are Burglaries and Robberies the Same?
- Profile of a Burglar
- What Does the Burglar Take?
- How to Protect Your Home
- Most Dangerous Cities for Homeowners in the US
How Safe Is Your Home from A Break-In
When a home is burglarized there is only a 13% chance that the criminal will be caught and brought to justice. According to FBI reports the average loss to the homeowner is $2,230 per occurrence. It is estimated that nearly 40% of burglaries go unreported, leaving more homes vulnerable than the reported numbers indicate.
With millions of burglaries occurring in the US each year, how do homeowners and renters stay safe? What can you do to better understand the criminal mind, enabling you to better protect your loved ones and your property?
Fast Facts on Burglary Statistics and Crime Data
- Violent Crimes occur every 26 seconds
- There is a murder every 35.4 minutes
- There is a forcible rape every 6.2 minutes
- A robbery occurs every 1.5 minutes
- An aggravated assault happens every 41.5 seconds
- A property crime occurs every 3.5 seconds
- Burglaries occur every 15 seconds
- A Larceny-theft occurs every 5.1 seconds
- A motor vehicle theft occurs every 43.7 seconds
- Theft of electronic devices and household appliance has increased 28% over the past 10 years
- 58% of completed burglaries are reported to the police
- Of the burglaries that were reported only 10% result in an arrest
- Households with an annual income of $14,999 are less likely to be a victim of burglary
- Over 2,500,000 burglaries are completed each year
- Close to 1,000,000 burglaries are from stealing household appliances and portable electronics
- Close to 500,000 burglaries are from stealing tools and miscellaneous equipment
- Over 3,000 animals are stolen each year
- 84.8% of Police respond after being notified of a burglary
- Only 42% of burglary victims who lose more than $1,000 reported it to their insurance company
Top 10 Cities with the Highest Property Crime
- New York – 68,171
- Chicago – 53,807
- Houston – 51,707
- Los Angeles – 43,051
- San Antonio – 40,364
- Phoenix – 29,394
- Philadelphia – 27,062
- Dallas – 26,885
- Indianapolis – 23,084
- Las Vegas – 21,895
2012 Data from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports
Top 5 Cities with the Highest Number of Murders
- Chicago – 254
- New York – 192
- Philadelphia – 184
- Detroit – 165
- Los Angeles – 151
2012 Data from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports
Where do Burglary Statistics Come From?
There are two main organizations that collect statistics on criminal behavior in the US. The first is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the second from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
The FBI collects data from police departments around the country. The statistical numbers they provide give an indication of crimes reported to the police, arrests made by the police and the criminal justice process. Information on FBI statistics is available through the first half of 2013 and can be found at www.FBI.gov.
Understanding that most crimes are under-reported, the Bureau of Justice Statistics gathers data much like the census does. They collect data directly from residents around the country through surveys, interviews and focus groups. The data collected is then analyzed and estimated projections are published in an attempt to determine the actual crime rates, rather than only the reported crime rates. Information that has been collected from the Bureau of Justice Statistics can be found at www.bjs.gov.
Are Burglaries and Robberies the Same?
When a home has been burglarized we often refer to the event as being robbed. Yet for statistical purposes there are significant differences between a burglary and a robbery.
A burglary is the unlawful entry or attempt to enter a residence. While a burglary generally involves the criminal stealing items from the property (larceny or theft), even if nothing is taken, the unlawful entry is considered a burglary. If there is an attempt to enter the premises and the criminal is stopped for some reason, the attempt is deemed a burglary as well. Any person, who has no lawful right to enter the property, and attempts to enter a property has committed a burglary.
There are four possible types of burglary:
- Completed Burglary. In a burglary where the criminal was successful in entering the home or residence. It does not have to be the home directly. If the criminal enters a garage, storage building or any building on a property illegally, it is considered a completed burglary.
- Forcible Entry. This is a completed burglary where the criminal used force to enter the building. This might include breaking down a door, knocking out a window, cutting a screen or any other means that uses force to enter the premises.
- Unlawful Entry without Force. This burglary includes a completed burglary where the criminal enters the home or building through an open access. If a window or door was left open and the person enters the building without a legal right to do so the burglary is defined as unlawful entry.
- Attempted forcible entry. This is when a criminal attempts to enter a home or building with the use of force, but is unsuccessful.
An important distinction between a burglary and a robbery is that a burglary is considered to be a property crime and a robbery is considered to be a violent crime. Burglaries can be defined as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the state where the crime happens.
A Robbery occurs when a criminal forcibly steals money or property from another person using force, intimidation or the threat of violence. Without the force or intimidation the crime committed is theft. Robbery requires the presence of another person (the victim).
Applying Burglary and Robbery to a Home Invasion
If a person is home when a burglary takes place and the burglar threatens the resident and then steals possessions, then a burglary and a robbery have occurred. If a person on the street is approached, threatened and the criminal steals something from them, then only a robbery has occurred, not a burglary. If there is no one home and the house is broken into, then a burglary has occurred but not a robbery.
If the owner or resident of the home is present when the burglary occurs, then the burglary (a property crime) is elevated to both burglary and robbery (which is a violent crime). It is estimated that 28% burglaries occur when someone is home at the time the crime is committed. In 7% of burglaries, additional violence is committed against the resident.
Facts about Burglaries in America
A home is burglarized every 15 seconds. That translates to 4 homes per minute in the US that are broken into. While the rate of burglaries has declined over the past decade, there are still over 2 million homes burglarized each year. From 2011 to 2012 the rate dropped by over 3%.
In the FBI database, crimes are separated from violent crimes and property crimes. A violent crime includes murder, rape, assault, robbery and other crimes that directly involve violence towards the victim. Property crimes include larceny or theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson.
In 2012, according to FBI records, there were 8,975,438 property crimes reported to the police throughout the country. This resulted in property losses of over 15.5 billion dollars. With the country divided into four regions, the western part of the US was the only region to see an increase in property crimes. In the west crimes went up 5.2%. The south saw a decline of 3.3%, the northeast a decline of 1.7% and the Midwest a decline of 1.9%.
In the same year the overall rate of burglaries declined by 3.7% for a total of 2,103,787 burglaries committed. Theft and arson rates remained the same and motor vehicle theft rose. The majority of burglaries happened in the southern region of the country, accounting for 42.2% of the total number of reported burglaries.
For the first 6 months of 2013 the overall property crime rate declined 12% in rural areas and 7.7% in metropolitan cities. There was a drop in every region of the country, based on the preliminary numbers. These numbers only represent reported crimes in 2013 through June.
Profile of a Burglar
Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity and not committed by professionals who stake out neighborhoods and have a well thought out approach to their criminal behavior.
The average burglar is a male in their teens or early 20’s. Burglars are male 95% of the time and most are under the age of 25. More break-ins occur when the weather is nice with the highest numbers in July and August and the lowest number of burglaries occurring in February.
Most burglaries are not violent with 67% being committed without a weapon. Home invasions are most often committed during the hours of 10 and 3 pm, while most residents are at work. The burglar is in the home for 12 minutes or less and typically take things that are easy to locate and easy to carry. Residential burglaries make up the largest percentage of total burglaries at 65.8%.
Over 50% of home invasions take place within 2 miles of the criminal’s home. This factor plays out in several other pertinent statistics. Victims knew the burglar in 65% of cases that involved violence to the victim in addition to the burglary. When the BJS conducted their surveys and spoke to victims about the lack of reporting common responses included that the issue or break-in was a personal matter that would be handled personally, the valuables taken were not large enough to report and lack of confidence that law enforcement would capture and prosecute the criminal.
Households with no children living at home had the lowest rate of burglaries at 14 per 1000 households. Single women with children living at home had the highest rate of burglaries at 22 per 1000 households. Higher income neighborhoods have a lower incident rate for burglaries than lower income residences.
How Does the Burglar Enter the Home?
Burglars enter through the front door 34% of the time, the back door 22% of the time and a first level window 23% of the time. Other entry points include a garage or basement. A full 30% of home invasions occur through the entrance of an unlocked door or window. 60% of break-ins include forced entry by either breaking in through a locked door or breaking a window.
What Does the Burglar Take?
When the burglar enters the home they generally head towards the master bedroom, where most valuables are kept. The most common items that are stolen include cash, electronics, gold and silver jewelry, silver, and guns. The first places a burglar looks are dresser drawers and closets. From the master bedroom the burglar looks in an office and then gets electronics like televisions, computers and video gaming systems. The burglar is looking for items that are easy to sell online or through a pawn shop.
It is valuable to note that police regularly check pawn shops for stolen items. However, if the owner of the item has not recorded the serial number for the item the police are unable to positively identify it for recovery to the owner. When purchasing electronics, documenting all information and taking a photograph of the item will help with recovery. There are also services like Lojack which provide the ability to locate and recover stolen items. For computers particularly, this can help to recover the item. Backups on computers are highly recommended because the first thing the thief does is wipe the hard drive clean.
How to Protect Your Home
With the typical burglar living close by and being young and immature, it is possible to discourage a would be burglar through the use of precautions. Since only 13% of burglars are ever captured, prevention is the best medicine.
As most burglaries are crimes of opportunity, reducing the opportunity will reduce the odds of being targeted by a burglar. A few ways to do this include taking a look at your home from an intruder’s perspective.
- Reduce places for the intruder to hide. Make sure the front windows and doors are easily seen from the road. This makes it harder for an intruder to get in and out without being seen. Ways to do this is to consider if there is fencing in the front yard that blocks the view from the road. Look at trees, bushes and shrubs. Do they need to be trimmed and cut back to provide a clear view for a passerby?
- Clear the yard. Do not leave ladders or other yard tools or equipment that can be used to break into your home. A child’s bat left in the front yard can give the burglar a way to break the window. A ladder can give access to a second floor window.
- Peeping Toms. Use curtains, drapes, or blinds to cover the windows when you are not home. A burglar may look in the window and if they see valuables take the opportunity to break in. Do not place valuable items within view of windows and doors. If you have large mirrors on the walls look and see what is reflected in the mirror, when looking through an outside window.
- Show you are home. When on vacation hold the mail and the paper and if necessary, have someone come in and do lawn work so the home does not look like you are on vacation. If it is a winter vacation have a neighbor or service available that will clear the driveway of snow and make tracks to the door, if necessary. Other ideas include using timers for lights and the television or radio. This makes the home appear to have activity in the evening, even when you are on vacation.
- Don’t advertise new purchases. When you buy a large screen television or the newest gaming equipment, often these boxes are set at the curb for trash pickup. This let’s would be thieves know you have new and exciting electronics that are there for the taking. Break the boxes down and be sure they fit in the trash or recycling bins.
- Secure your entry way. Doors that are steel, new fiberglass or solid wood are strong and difficult to break down. Deadbolt locks on all exterior doors reduces the thief’s ability to pick the lock or break down the door. If there is a window next to the front or back door consider a double lock that can only be turned with a key from both sides. If using these locks be sure you have a way to get out in the event of an emergency.
- Light it up. Exterior lighting is an inexpensive and effective way to deter a home invasion. Lights with motion sensors will come on with any activity. This can alert neighbors to a problem and can scare aware a burglar.
- Ensure that all windows and doors are locked. This is especially true while you are away from home, but it is a good practice to keep them locked even when you are home. This also includes closing the garage door. Leaving it open while you are working in the back yard can invite a burglar in, even though you are home. It is also wise to leave a spare key with a neighbor, not hide the key around the yard, as burglars know where to look.
- Don’t use social media to talk about a current vacation. Also be aware of sites that post your location when you make comments or posts. If you identify where you are when posts are made, it can make you vulnerable to burglary and will advertise that you are out of town. With online becoming an increasingly active place to share your activities, criminals are searching these same places, looking for easy targets.
- Consider a security company. Research has shown that homes without security systems are nearly 3 times as likely to be burglarized, than those with a system. If you choose a security system be sure it is installed where the system cannot be seen from the door. This enables a burglar to look into a window to determine if the alarm is set. Also consider a wireless security system as burglars are known to cut the phone lines in order to disable the system.
- Consider new technology that includes motion sensors and remote controls which control lighting, television and other electronics. These systems allow you to check your home’s locks and other security features from a remote location. Video surveillance cameras are also an option and are surprisingly affordable.
- Call the police if you see something suspicious.
While burglaries have a declining trend, the numbers are still at 1 in 36 homes that are burglarized each year. Most homeowners carry insurance which will cover the property losses, yet after the deductible, families might find themselves paying for most of the losses out of pocket.
The other factor that is often forgotten is the emotional toll it takes on victims. Even if you are not home, even if the insurance company replaces all the “things” that are taken. There is still a very real violation that victims feel. Personal and family safety is shaken to the core. Your home is supposed to be a safe place to live. A place where you can forget about the cares of the world and enjoy your family. A burglary steals this from victims and it is no small task to recover from the mistrust and fear that is created when your home is violated.
Most Dangerous Cities for Homeowners in the US
1. Oakland, CA
Oakland, CA is ranked number two among the most dangerous cities in the U.S. The violent crime rate in 2013 was calculated at 1,977 violent crimes per every 100,000 people in Oakland, CA. In addition, the murder rate was 22 murders per every 100,000 people. The median annual income in Oakland is a rather low $51,683 and more than 20 percent of the population is living well below the poverty line, which is generally considered to be a trigger for violence.
During the first six months of 2013, there was a ten percent increase in violent crimes in Oakland, CA over 2012, which reached a 10-year high. However, by the end of 2013, there was a decrease in violent crimes in the city, but only by a mere one percent. New and smaller police districts implemented mid-2013, which expanded them from two to five, could be the reason behind the minor decrease. Each new district has its own police chief, which could also have an effect on the violent crime rate in future years.
During the year 2013, there were a total of 7,963 violent crimes in the city of Oakland, CA. With a population of 399,487, their murder rate was 0.32 per every 1,000 residents. The rate of rape was 0.68 rapes per every 1,000 local residents. Robberies totaled 10.86 per 1,000, and assaults were 8.08 per each 1,000 Oakland residents. In the area of property crimes, there were 26,342 in 2013. That’s 17.46 car thefts per every 1,000 citizens, 33.04 thefts in general, and 15.44 burglaries per each 1,000 residents.
And, when you add them altogether, the total of violent and property crimes as a whole was 34,305, which actually means that a whopping 85.87 of every 1,000 citizens in Oakland, CA was the victim of a crime. In comparison to the figures for the entire state of California, the statewide crime rate is quite moderate at only 423.1 crimes per every 100,000 residents or approximately only 4.2 per every 1,000 people. Oakland’s violent crime rate is almost five times as high as the state average at 19.93 per every 1,000. In fact, the average citizen’s chances of becoming the victim of violent crime in Oakland, CA are 1 in 16, as opposed to the statewide rate of 1 in 38.
Drugs, understaffed police departments and under-educated black and Hispanic males in Oakland, CA have greatly contributed to the high crime rate, which began escalating in the late 1960s. The per capita murder rate rose to twice the rate of either New York or San Francisco by the late 1970s. Few other U.S. communities the size of Oakland possess a crime rate as high as the home of the well-known bad boys of the NFL, the Oakland Raiders.
So, what can Oakland residents do to protect themselves and their homes from all of this violent crime? A good home security system is the best weapon against violent crime, as well as property crime, fire or flood. It can give homeowners the security of knowing their home is monitored 24/7 and, with new wireless technology, getting a system installed and learning how to operate it is easier than ever. Homeowners can even control their security systems from their smart phones for added peace of mind.
2. St. Louis, MO
Saint Louis is getting a name for itself and it’s not a good. East St. Louis just made the Top Ten. That is of the highest crime riddled cities in America. This isn’t news to those living in the area however as they’ve seen things go from bad to worse since 2008 when the economy took a nose drive and the outsourcing to China and other countries of America’s industry. Even Boeing Long time resident has offshored to China key parts of it manufacturing operation.
Boeing and other of the 19 of the Fortune 500 companies in the area who have done likewise rosining unemployment rates to record levels
The situation is getting better; however, it’s still leader though with 1,350 violent crimes and rates as the 10th in murder and violent crime. But, even with the problems, things are looking up.
You might think twice about taking St. Louis off you list of places to live in work.
One key factor might make you look again. We did say 19 of the Fortune 500 companies have major concerns there.
The economy is heading out of the doldrums at last and the newly changed senate and House are poised to take action on many issues long stalled to stimulate the economy more.
With this in mind, let’s look and see what the stats say and suggest something you can do to make the St. Louis area more secure for your home and family
Breakdown of violent crimes: Newark has a…
Looking back at the latest FBI figures for the area in general, we see:
- 120 Murders
- 333 Rapes
- 3,167 Assault
- 4,709 Burglaries
- 13452 Thefts
- 3,330 Vehicle Thefts
Since 2012, these statistics have been going down due to improvements in the job outlook and the increase in industrial orders for American goods. Crime reached its peak nationwide in the year 2012 and as well as in the St. Louis area. This latest, with the shooting of a teen is starting to calm, as evidence is new evidence is coming to light and the situation seems to be stabilized.
With living conditions rising so is the opportunity to live better in the area. However, it still isn’t a walk in the park.
You need to still take precautions to protect your home, family and property.
Burglary is a still a great concern for residents of St. Louis as well as other forms of property crimes and the FBI report reflects this to be a reality.
For those living in East St. Louis, the question is, “What can I do to protect my home and property?” This should also be a concern for those seeking new jobs in the area’s rising economy in 2015.
Security should be you first concern with protecting your property, home, and family
The heart of any home security is of course a Security and Alarm System.
Prices of the tech are coming down and security sensors are diverse and very affordable. An Integrated system with sensors, Smartphone control and monitoring is more affordable than ever. WIFI cameras, motion detectors, and automatic calling of police and Fire department are now standard. In fact, some firms will dispatch private security personal if the situation warrants it. In many cases, they arrive sooner than the authorities do.
However, the physical security of your home should also be considered. Floodlights with motion detectors, Barred Windows, and Steel doors with wooden veneer are some of the new features in home renovation projects requested of home re-modelers.
With these precautions in place, your home is far more secure than you ever thought possible. Your employment and living conditions are improving, your home is protected, and your family has peace of mind.
2015 looks to be a banner year after all doesn’t it.
3. Newark, N.J
Newark NJ has made the headlines and not in a good way. It is being touted on the FBI’s list of Most Dangerous Cities to live in. This of course does not make the city fathers happy nor does it bode well for the citizenry as well.
Yet not all is gloom and doom. The outlook for 2015 has a ray of hope, as these numbers forecast for this year are much better than last year’s numbers. With the pickup in the economy and unemployment numbers are falling and the US economy is strengthening
The people of Newark have reason to be hopeful for a better year to come.
Though crime is falling off, as the economy picks up steam, many are looking to open new businesses and jobseekers look to New Jersey as a possibility in the coming year or so. With that in mind, let’s look at a breakdown of what’s been going in the Newark area. Then we will how the citizens of Newark can hedge their bets to forestall crime before it strikes.
Breakdown of violent crimes: Newark has a…
Looking at the figure the impressive figures that the FBI has amassed on crime across this great land of ours we find the numbers to be a bit skewed when compared with the rest of the nation. The FBI’ report for Newark shows the following stats:
- 112 Murders
- 45 Rapes
- 2, 433 Robberies
- 926 Assault
- 8, 965 properties
- 2, 074 Burglaries
- 3, 997 Thefts
- 2, 894 Vehicle Thefts
Since 2014, these numbers are dropping and the FBI’s projections for 2015 are even better.
However, property crime and burglaries are the highest of all the numbers the FBI has presented and this should be of concern to apartment dwellers, home, and business owners. You can see you’re more likely to become a victim.
Even though the numbers are falling, you need to be vigilant in the coming year and not let down your card and take the necessary precautions to protect you hem, family and business from criminals looking to prey on your home or business.
With this in mind, let’s look at what you can do to minimize your risks of becoming a statistic in the nest FBI report.
Making your home less attractive to would be thieves and vandals
Securing your property is one of the first things you can do to make a thief walk away from your home are business They are looking for an easy score and if you place of business look like too tough a nut to crack they’ll go elsewhere seeking easier pickings.
The core of a secure home that deters thieves is of course a good security system. Today’s systems have exterior and interior WIFI cameras that tie in you a central server and can monitor for fire and break-ins.
These systems can turn on lights, lock and unlock doors and open your garage door when you come home illuminating the front, back, and sides of your home.
You don’t even have to leave the safety of your vehicle until the garage door is securely closed behind you.
All of this can be controlled via your iPhone and you can even check up on your family and pets to see that all is well.
Hardening your home against break-ins is also now possible with new kinds of glass and doors that deadbolt in to metal frames that can withstand assault by criminals.
You local security system installer, remodeler, or construction contractor can show you many ways to make your home safe and burglarproof. This ensures you family’s peace of mind and security.
4. Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee WI is famous for its beer, cheese and now it has made the FBI’s Most Dangerous Cities list, a distinction that the people of Milwaukee would prefer to pass on. The City mayor and city council would also wish this dubious honor be conferred on a more disserving municipality. But, the FBI’s number crunchers chose Milwaukee for its Top 10. Today we will see how this pans out and show not all is lost as the projections show that this year the numbers are declining and with the latest unemployment figures released by the Fed the people of Milwaukee will have something to celebrate even if the Bruins don’t win the Cup this year.
With the improvement in the economic outlook for the area the crime rate is expected to continue to fall, however until that event occurs the citizenry should still be aware of what’s happening in the city proper.
Today we will look at the current figures as released by the FBI and offer some suggestions for the people of Milwaukee can follow to help keep them off the FBI’s listing.
Breakdown of violent crimes: Newburgh has a…
Looking at the figures that the FBI as complied we see Milwaukee has some problem besides the murder and violent crimes that sparked the Fib’s interest. If you look at the numbers, we see property and Burglaries leading the numbers that are of interest to Property owners the impressive figures the FBI Report gives us show the following:
- 104 Murders
- 401 Rapes
- 3, 284 Robberies
- 4, 405 Assault
- 27, 013 properties
- 6, 491 Burglaries
- 16, 138 Thefts
- 4, 384 Vehicle Thefts
Even though the 2014 numbers are promising to be lower still and the rosy prediction for 2015,the ordinary homeowner or business owner is still much more likely to become a victim unless they take steps to persuade criminals to seeks greener pastures.
Protecting your home an economy that is gathering steam and improving
Crime correlates to education and employment. These two factors are an indicator of a nation’s health. Literacy is dropping across the country and with that crime is rising; add to that the poor job situation since 2008 is given rise to an increase in the crime rate that peaked in the year 2012.
In the last few years the economy has been sluggish and only recently in the last few months of 2014 is any real progress been made to bettering the employment situation. One of the next steps would be to increase the literacy rate across the board to prevent conditions such as those occurring in Detroit where there is an estimated 47% illiteracy rate among those are in their prime working years.
With this increase in crime, you need to be able to protect your home, family, and business as well. This could entail replacing the doors and locks in your home or business with metal reinforced doors that deadbolt into a steel frame.
Protection for windows today can be accomplished with the new types of glass that are becoming available and are being installed by renovators and remodelers all across the country.
Instead of using these more expensive forms of window protection, you can by taking a leaf out of the Puerto Rican people who use ornate wrought iron grillwork to cover exposed windows as well as those people in China who install chromium bars and cages around their windows and balconies.
But one of the main deterrence to a criminal casing your home for a potential robbery or vandalism is of course an adequate security system, which in the last few years has gone high-tech and this has resulted in a drastic drop in prices for the components for this technology, which even the average homeowner can install themselves.
Outdoor floodlights that are solar powered and have motion detectors can be purchased even from Amazon as well as Wi-Fi Webcams that have night vision capability.
With the advent new smart phones and Cloud technologies, such as with the iPhone 6 you now have the ability to talk to your home security server, get feeds from the various cameras inside and outside your home, and see how your family is doing. This gives you a great deal of peace of mind.
This same smart phone technology allows you to control lighting, lock and unlock doors and windows as well as controlling garage door to open and close without you having to leave the comfort and safety of your vehicle.
The same servers that are an inexpensive to install can also contact police or the security company that installed your system. This doubly protects you not only from criminals but in case of fire as well.
Using a combination of fire and security systems, as well as hardening the exterior of your home most criminals will take one look at your property and decide to go elsewhere to commit their crimes. This also protects your family and allows you to focus more on your business and not have to worry about the safety of your family or property.
5. Memphis TN
With Tennessee having the worst violent crime rate in the country, residents of Memphis, TN know that crime is a common occurrence. As a result, residents were hardly surprised to find out that Memphis is considered one of the most dangerous cities to live in within the United States. The following looks at the most shocking crime statistics for the area, as well as explores why the city is so dangerous. Finally, it examines ways residents of Memphis can protect themselves, as well as their families, pets, and homes.
Current Memphis, TN Statistics
As of 2014, Memphis had a crime index of 2, meaning that that it is safer than a mere 2% of the cities in the United States. In 2014, there were 159 homicides committed, primarily by gun, in Memphis and Shelby County, TN, 6 of which were determined to be justifiable. Shockingly, suspects have not been identified in 92 of these cases. As of mid January 2015, there have already been 3 homicides in Memphis, TN.
With a population of 653,450, there were 10,905 violent crimes (6,900 aggravated assaults, 3,000 robberies, and 320 rapes) and 40,182 property crimes committed in 2014. All violent crime rates increased in 2014, with the exception of rape, from the previous year. Although there was a slight decline in the number of property crimes committed, Memphis residents still have a 1 in 16 chance of becoming the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 60 chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime. As of January 2015, there were 1,696 registered sex offenders living in Memphis.
Why is Memphis, TN So Dangerous?
Memphis currently has the distinction of being the poorest city in the nation with a population of less than 1 million. Poverty rates exceed 30%, with Hispanics, African Americans, and single mothers most likely to be in this group. This combined with the low number of high school graduates and the high number of drug users and gang members living in the area are considered the primary reasons the crime rate is so high in Memphis.
According to the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association (TNGIA), there are 170 documented gangs and 9,100 documented gang members living in Memphis. However, this number does not reflect the members who are illegal aliens, which is believed could increase that number drastically. Unfortunately, the gangs are spread throughout the city, from East Memphis to Westwood, making no area save from potential gang violence.
How Homeowners Can Protect Their Property and Families
For residents of Memphis, it is important to take every precaution available to decrease your chances of becoming the victim of a crime. For both homeowners and renters, installing a top of the line home security system is the easiest way to protect against break-ins and burglaries. Many also alert homeowners and monitoring centers to the presence of a fire, carbon monoxide leak, and more. Professional monitoring is available 24/7/365, making your life safer and easier, as well as offering the peace of mind that comes from knowing your family, belongings, and pets are protected.
6. Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, MO is on the FBI’s most dangerous cities list that was just released. While not in the top 3, it still has many worried about crime in this city of just fewer than 500,000.
However, things in the last few months are causing the sky over Kansas to being brighter, as economic conditions are starting to improve and in 2015, Kansas hopes to improve even more and finally get off the FBI’s yearly report.
However since it is there we should take a look-see and see what the citizens have to face as well as those who are considering moving there from places like Chicago, which has a more dismal outlook than Kansas and many, are thinking of heading west to greener pastures.
Let’s see what Kansas City, MO is looking to move away from in 2015. So, you have some idea what the day-to-day live is like in this western cousin of Chicago.
Breakdown of violent crimes: Kansas City has a…
Looking at Kansas’s figures collected by the FBI, we see the following and while not as bad as some cities, it is not great with:
- 99 Murders
- 377 Rapes
- 1, 662 Robberies
- 3, 725 Assault
- 24, 648 properties
- 6, 412 Burglaries
- 13, 949 Thefts
- 4, 287 Vehicle Thefts
Since 2014, the statistics are improving and 2015 is looking to be better. But, the local citizens of Kansas still need to take measures to protect their home and families as there are over 24,000 property related crimes and FBI’s number show a drop for 2014 from the 6,412 burglaries there is still concern over whether you home will be targeted by criminals seeking an easy score.
Crime here in Kansas, hit its peak in 2012 and has had a steady downturn in the last few years. In the coming year, the focus in the city is to better job conditions. It is also looking to improve the literacy rates so job seekers stand a better chance to take advantage of the better job conditions.
Kansas City, MO is working to improve the standard of living for the city and outlaying areas. The Overland Park area has an ambitious program to will extend into 2019
As these and other projects bear fruit, it will make the Kansas area attractive to business and homeowners as well.
However, the local citizenry still has to take matters into their own hands to protect family, home, and property.
Property crimes in Kansas City, MO:
Burglary is a major problem in Kansas and as show by the FBI’s statistics 4,412 burglaries and 24,648 other crimes against property and homeowners.
So if you are a Kansas City dweller or job seeker looking for a place to set down roots you still have to make sure of your families protect at home while you are at work.
This can be simplified by…
Using you Smartphone is now your first line of defense as the new Phone technologies allow you smart phone to be instrumental in monitoring your home and controlling a home security system that uses state of the art WIFI video surveillance, Motion detectors in rooms and outside your home that can trigger outdoor floodlight to light up your property.
These systems can also allow you to unlock doors to allow you children to enter after school. You can observe their activities on you handheld and have peace of mind knowing they are home safe and sound.
Your doors and windows are your next priority and home contractors today are doing land office business in the installation of window and door security packages, which often include burglarproof doors, and windows of various styles and types.
With a security system that can call police or fire fighters if the need arises without you having to lift a finger and securing your windows and doors. Your home can be safe and immune from even Kansas City’s crime problems and you can get on with living and working to you and your family’s future.
7. Detroit, MI
Conditions in Detroit are getting better! But, Detroit still leads the nation in murder and a recent FBI report confirms this as well. The News Media is reporting that Detroit continues to lead as the most Dangerous City in America. This might not make it the most attractive place to live.
However, every cloud has a silver lining. Even though the rates are high they are dipping and with the economy on the rise.
You may yet decide to make Detroit your home.
Today we will take a 2nd look at Detroit and see the crime stats. Then show you some solutions to living there, if you are a current resident of Detroit or are considering the city an investment opportunity and see that there is a great possibility for growth in the coming years and to you crime is just something to deal with.
The FBI report on the cities with the highest violent crime rates showed Detroit as having with over 15,111 for a city with a population of 707,096 people. This translates to .55 per 100,000 for murder, .62 for rape and whopping 19.08 Burglaries per 100,000.
These are only some of the statistics detailed in the report and so let’s take a detailed look at Detroit Michigan’s Crime statistics and then we will see what a person living in Detroit to minimize the risk to their home, property, and protect their family’s safety.
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Looking back at Detroit’s 2014 numbers, we see the following projections for 2015:
- 337 Murders
- 176 Rapes
- 4, 888 Robberies
- 9, 272 Assault
- 17, 571 Burglaries
- 13, 878 Thefts
- 4, 528 Vehicle Thefts
- 162 Acts of Arson
Since 2014 the statistics are dropping this in part due to the aggressive manner the state appoint City manager Kevyn Orr, who has made crime his #1 priority. Since the city has emerged from Bankruptcy in November of 2014, things are looking up. Crime hit its peak in 2012 and in the coming year is expected to continue to recede, which is welcome news to the beleaguer residents of Detroit.
Detroit needs next to address the high unemployment rate since the loss of thousands of jobs to the outsourcing of much of Detroit’s famous auto industry to Canada and China.
The rise in the current job market is also helping and new business is starting to sprout, as costs are now lower. However, there is still the problem of illiteracy, which has been quoted at up to 47% in various media outlets.
Those who wish to take advantage of the new opportunities need to better their reading and writing skills if they are going to be able to compete in the improving job market.
Burglary is a major problem Detroit. The FBI tallied 40,835 crimes on private property with burglaries in the 17,000+ range.
So if you are a Detroit resident or thinking of moving there to take advantage of the city’s new prosperity, you need to think about your home security options.
Protecting your property, home, and family in Detroit, MI
The first order of business is securing your home perimeter.
This could entail Steal reinforced doors with deadbolts and electronic locks.
Floodlights placed strategically around the property. Here the new generations of solar powered floodlights are ideal, as they charge during daylight and only kick on via commanded to or if motion detector see movement.
For the security of your windows, installation of decorative grillwork that is tasteful and yet bars entry.
The heart of any home nowadays is its home security system often equipped with ultrasonic motion detects and sensors on window, doors, and hallways. You can even install WIFI cameras about your home and property to observe any activity.
Your smart phone today is you link to these systems and you can control doors, garage, and exterior lighting from your iPhone or other hand held.
Your home is your castle and your smartphone controls the access and monitors your homes safety and security.
You and your family now can rest easy, as you can be safe and secure night or day.
8. Cleveland, OH
Check with the news lately and if you’re looking for a city to live in safety, you might want to take a second look Cleveland Ohio. For those living in the Cleveland area crime is nothing new but it is declining.
A recent article, which rated the 10 most violent cities in America, lists Cleveland as number 5 with over 1,400 violent crimes per 100,000 people in a city of only 389,181. This is a drop from previous years.
This is only the tip of the iceberg however, and today we will look at Cleveland’s Crime statistics and we will see what you can do to protect your home and family.
Violent crime still leads the list and is of course a major concern for the residents of Cleveland and outlying suburbs. With over 5,990 acts of violent crime reported in 2014.
Life can be very difficult, going to school, conducting day-to-day business, or even commuting to work is often fraught with danger.
Breakdown of violent crimes:
In 2014, Cleveland experienced a crime rate, which was almost 4 times that of the national average with:
- 86 Murders
- 3, 73 Rapes
- 3, 555 Robberies
- 1, 976 Assault
- 9, 226 Burglaries
- 10, 871 Thefts
- 4, 031 Vehicle Thefts
- 401 Acts of Arson
In 2014, the statistics have dropped slightly from peaks in 2013 or 2012 and many are optimistic that with improving economic conditions the crime rate may have reached its peak and in the coming year may show the beginnings of better conditions for the citizens of Cleveland.
One of the chief causes to crime in Cleveland is that it has the 3rd highest poverty rate in America at over 36%.
Improvement in jobs in the nation’s uptick employment situation will go a long way to alleviate these conditions. Literacy however, may be the deciding factor, as in order to get the jobs in the postmodern era require new skills and training.
Crimes like burglary are high in Cleveland and acts of vandalism are always on a homeowner’s mind. The possibility of a break-in increases the closer you live toward the waterfront. According to the FBI 24,128, crimes occurred on private property with 9,226 being burglaries.
Your chances of being a victim of this time of crime at one time or another is almost a certainty unless you take proactive steps to protect your home and family.
What can you do to protect yourself?
In order to protect yourself you can take some steps to protect your home and property.
In China and Puerto Rico installation of protective bars and grills, cover most homes and apartment’s windows even today. This simple tactic can deter even the most ardent burglar.
Steel doors today look just like a regular door, which have vertical and horizontal lock bolts that lock it securely in a steel frame.
Installation of a state of the art security system today is now highly economical where Wi-Fi cameras, High tech sensors on windows and doors monitor you home 24X7, which you can even monitor on your Smartphone.
The ability to unlock or turn on lights in your driveway and house can be accomplished the same way and you don’t even have to leave the safety of your car as the same security system can open the garage.
You can also use it to turn on outdoor solar powered floodlights that light up you property, which will also illuminate if they detect intruders.
You see you have many options that can protect your home, property and your family’s peace of mind in Cleveland while the economic situation continues to improve and crime ceases to be a major fear in your life.
9. Birmingham, AL
Although Birmingham, Alabama has seen a downward trend in violent crime in the last couple of years, it remains one of the most dangerous cities to live in. The following looks at some of the most startling violent crime statistics, as well as examines why the city is so dangerous and explores ways homeowners can protect their homes and families.
According to a report released by the FBI, Birmingham has a crime index of 2. This means that is safer than only 2% of the cities in the United States. In 2014, there were 62 homicides within the city limits, 8 of which were ruled justifiable by prosecutors. Of these murders, an overwhelming number (39) took place in the West Precinct. There were 1,345 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, more than half of which were aggravated assaults.
In 2012, there were 4,704 burglaries, 9,402 thefts, and 983 robberies. As of January 2015, there are 580 registered sex offenders living in Birmingham. As of 2012, Birmingham residents have a 769.6% higher rate of being the victim of a crime than residents of other cities in the United States. It is estimated that 1 in 74 of Birmingham’s 212,113 residents will become the victim of a violent crime during their lifetime.
Why is Birmingham, AL So Dangerous?
Residents of Birmingham ascribe the crime in the city to the demise of the Steel Industry in the mid to late 70’s. Since this time, lower wages have had a crippling effect on the city and crime rates have risen. As of 2014, 28.9% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Birmingham also has a high incidence of drug use, which contributes to its high rate of crime. Currently, Birmingham is ranked 1 for the number of Class II prescriptions written per capita in the United States. In addition, high-grade heroin has made its way onto the streets of Birmingham in the last couple of years.
The combination of poverty and a strong drug trade are thought by many to be the primary reason Birmingham has such a consistently high rate of crime.
How Homeowners Can Protect Their Property and Families
While Birmingham is certainly not the safest city to call home, plenty of people still do. For many homeowners, the easiest way to protect themselves is by investing in a high quality home security system. In addition to offering protection from potential break-ins and burglaries, many also alert homeowners and monitoring centers to the presence of a fire, carbon monoxide leak, and more. Professional monitoring is available 24/7/365, making your life safer and easier, as well as offering the peace of mind that comes from knowing your family, belongings, and pets are protected.
For residents of Birmingham, AL protecting yourself from crime is a crucial part of life. Fortunately, while crime rates remain as some of the highest in the United States, they are slowly declining. In addition, it is possible to lower your chances of being the victim of a crime by being vigilant in public and investing in a home security system.
10. Baltimore, MD
With a crime index of 3, Baltimore is considered to be one of the most violent cities in the United States, as well as the world. Baltimore has the fifth highest murder rate in the United States with 37.4 per every 100,000 residents in 2013. There were a total of 235 murders committed during 2013, but only 233 were reported to the FBI for unknown reasons. Residents have a 1 in 70 chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime. Robberies are a primary cause of violent crime. While the nation has a robbery rate of less than 110 per 100,000 residents, Baltimore has 600 per 100,000 residents. In 2013, there was a 3.5 percent increase in robberies and a 5.6 percent increase in property crime. Residents of Baltimore have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming the victim of a property crime.
Currently, the most dangerous neighborhood in Baltimore is in the Orleans St. / Front St. area. In this area, residents have a 1 in 9 chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime. Residents also report that any community that ends in “Homes” should be avoided. Gang activity is considered to be one of the primary reasons Baltimore is so dangerous. Currently there are an estimated 170 gangs in the area with more than 1,000 members. Recruitment targets boys as young as 8 years old. While most gang activity takes place in the eastern part of the city, no area is immune to the dangers a gang presents. Rampant drug use is another reason Baltimore is such a high crime area. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Baltimore has the highest heroin addiction rate per capita than any other city in the country. According to the Baltimore Department of Health, the city has an estimated 60,000 heroin addicts in a city with a total population of 645,000. With the price of heroin averaging $100 to $120 per gram, this is likely the cause of the high robbery rates. As of January 2015, there were 1,849 registered sex offenders living in Baltimore.