The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s latest U.S. crime data has some alarming findings that may hit home for you. Burglary, property and car theft are just a few of the crimes that states are facing at rates higher than the national average. Take a look at the map to see how your state ranks. Then check out the statistics and safety reminders to reduce the risk of crime in your area.
Statistics That Stand Out
Highest Property Crime Rate: District of Columbia
The District of Columbia (D.C.) had over 4,374 reported crimes for every 100,000 people in 2018. Their property and violent crime rate are twice the national average. Fortunately, D.C.’s property and violent crimes have dropped drastically over two decades. It’s down 15% since 2014.
Highest Burglary Crime Rate: New Mexico
Unfortunately, New Mexico had the highest burglary crime rate, second with 3,420 property crimes and 486 motor theft crimes (per 100,000 people). Reports share that New Mexico’s violent crime rate doubles the nation’s average.
Overall Lowest Crime Rate: New Hampshire
New Hampshire ranks number one with the lowest crime rate nationally. That includes motor vehicle theft, property and violent crimes. Overall, their violent crime rate is 198.7 per 100,000 people. There were only 21 murders and a prison rate of 253 for every 100,000 people. The state also has the lowest poverty rate at 7.6 percent.
Lowest Crime Rate Runner-Up: Massachusetts
Massachusetts had the second-lowest property and vehicle theft crime rates. Overall, the state had 58 motor vehicle thefts and 1,263 property crimes per 1,000 people. Their violent crime rate is 11% lower than the national average, and their property crime rate is nearly half of the U.S.’s average.
Lowest Burglary Crime Rate Runner-Up: New York
New York had the second-lowest number of burglaries in 2018. There were 159 burglary crimes per 1,000 people. The state’s violent crime rate is 7% lower than the national average and their property crime is 44% lower.