You’ve probably heard from politicians that crime is on the rise in America — that gangs are running rampant across the landscape, committing robbery, burglary, and even murder without a second thought. Although there are certainly dangerous pockets across the country, the idea that we’re living in dangerous times — particularly compared to the past — is ludicrous.
Sure, people are still engaging in bad behavior left and right. But very few of us are living in immediate danger. All told, we have it pretty good. That said, you should still be on the defensive, especially when it comes to protecting yourself and your belongings.
Where are you in the most danger of being robbed or burglarized? A new project called Stealing Strangers’ Stuff from Safehome.org lays it all out. By digging through crime statistics from the FBI database for 2015, the project shows which states have the highest rates of property crime, including robberies and burglaries, which is what we’ll focus on.
Defining burglary and robbery
Before we dive in, let’s lay out some definitions. According to the FBI, a robbery can be defined as “the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.” As for a burglary? It’s a bit different. The FBI says a burglary can be defined as “the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. To classify an offense as a burglary, the use of force to gain entry need not have occurred.”
With our definitions straight, here are the states in which you’re most likely to be robbed or burglarized, starting with the former.