What You Don't Know About Crime Rates City By City May Surprise You

When most people think about violent crime and property theft, they assume that big cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago would top the list. The truth is that the 5 cities in the U.S. with the largest populations are not on the top 10 list of cities with the most property theft or violent crime. Small to mid-sized cities are as likely, if not more likely, to have high numbers of these types of crimes. Let's take a look at the numbers for property crime rates city by city.

Ranking

City

Property Crime per 100,000 People

1

St. Louis, Missouri

7,693.60

2

Columbus, Ohio

6,490.30

3

San Antonio, Texas

6,346.30

4

Memphis, Tennessee

6,255.20

5

Cincinnati, Ohio

6,171.80

6

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

5,816.60

7

Austin, Texas

5,754.80

8

Atlanta, Georgia

5,741.20

9

Kansas City, Missouri

5,571.70

10

Buffalo, New York

5,564.50

 

Now that you're familiar with the property crime statistics, you may also be surprised to learn that the cities with the highest property crime rates are not necessarily also the cities with the highest violent crime rates. It makes sense to assume that these statistics go hand in hand, but often the circumstances that cause a city's property theft rate to shoot up are not the same circumstances that lead to an increase in violent crime. Let's compare violent crime rates city by city.

Ranking

City

Violent Crime per 100,000 People

1

Detroit, Michigan

1,887.40

2

St. Louis, Missouri

1,747.10

3

Memphis, Tennessee

1,541.50

4

Oakland, California

1,529.60

5

Baltimore, Maryland

1,455.80

6

Stockton, California

1,380.90

7

Buffalo, New York

1,357.90

8

Cleveland, Ohio

1,296.80

9

Washington, D.C.

1,241.10

10

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1,189.40

 

You can see that while there is some overlap, for example St. Louis and Memphis, there are also several cities that make an appearance on one list and not the other. While there are many theories about the disparity in crime rates across the nation, such as unemployment issues, lack of proper educational opportunities, or inept police forces, the reality is that, as a homeowner, it really doesn't matter why crime rates are where they are – the only thing that matters is that you effectively protect your home and your family.

Even if your city isn't listed on either of these lists, that doesn't mean you don't need access to a reliable home security company. Often times cities with lower general crime rates can have higher instances of home break-ins, specifically because burglars are aware that fewer people have home security devices installed.

Of course home security systems can help by alerting you and the police when your home has been compromised, but they can also act as a deterrent. If a person is bound and determined to break into a home in your neighborhood and they can choose between a home that clearly has a security system installed and one that doesn't appear to, which one do you think they'll choose?

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