The U.S. property crime rate fell for the 19th consecutive year in 2020 – a bright spot in an otherwise bleak year defined largely by the COVID-19 pandemic and a historic surge in deadly violence.
Property crime is made up of three categories of offenses: larceny, defined as the unlawful taking of property; burglary, or the illegal entry of a structure to commit a crime; and vehicle theft, which can be either the theft, or the attempted theft, of a vehicle, such a car or ATV. Here is a look at the city in every state where your car is most likely to be stolen.
There were a total 6.5 million property crimes reported in the U.S. in 2020, or 1,958 for every 100,000 people, a decrease of 172 incidents per 100,000 people from the previous year. Not all parts of the country benefited from the decline, however. Several major metropolitan areas bucked the national trend and reported a year-over-year surge in property crime.
Using data from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 30 metro areas where property crime is soaring. Metro areas are ranked by the year-over-year change in property crimes reported for every 100,000 residents.
Despite the decline in much of the country, property crimes remain the most common of the most serious crimes tracked by the FBI, known as Part I offenses. Each year, property crimes result in the loss of tens of billions of dollars worth of property – much of which is never recovered.
The vast majority of metro areas that reported the largest increase in property crime rate in 2020 are in the Midwest and Western United States. It is important to note that while each of the 30 metro areas on this list reported an increase in property crime, 12 of them have a lower overall property crime rate than the national average.
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