Whether you’re thinking about moving somewhere new or just want to be more aware of your surroundings, you want to know the greatest restaurants, the best schools, the most affordable shops—even the area’s crime rates. To aid in your efforts, the team at Your Local Security looked at the FBI’s annual crime data for robbery rates to discover which city in each state experienced the most robberies.
The FBI officially defines robbery as “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 putting the victim in fear.” That covers more than just home robbery statistics since this crime can also occur at a bank, convenience store, street corner—essentially anywhere. We hope your city isn’t on the list below, but if it is, keep scrolling to find some tips on how to protect yourself from robbery wherever you are.
During our research, the YLS team uncovered some gripping information about robberies in 2017:
- 319,356 robberies occurred across the nation. That may seem like a lot, but the number of robberies decreased by 28% from 2008 to 2017.
- 42 out of 50 cities are located close to the border of their state. 18 out of those 42 cities close to the border are on or almost on the border of their state.
- The average property loss caused by a reported robbery was $1,373. Banks took a harder hit, however, with an average loss of $3,483 per robbery.
- The most commonly used weapons in robberies were firearms and “strong-arm tactics,” which involve physical force but no weapon. These tactics fell within 1% of each other, with firearms involved in 40.6% of robberies, and strong-arm tactics used in 41.5%.
- The city with the most robberies per capita was Baltimore, MD—95.87 robberies occurred for every 10,000 people in this city.
- The largest city that made our list was Chicago, IL, with 2,706,171 residents. The smallest was Bridgeton, NJ, with 24,937 people.
- Of the 50 cities on our list, Boise, ID, had the lowest robbery rate, with only 2.26 robberies per 10,000 people.
These robbery statistics were pulled from the 2017 FBI crime data. This report by Your Local Security covers all US cities with a population over 20,000 that submitted data to the FBI. We calculated the robberies per capita for each city and found the city in each state with the highest rate of robbery in 2017.
Though the number of robberies has dropped in recent years, it’s still wise to protect yourself and your home against this crime. Knowing your city and state’s robbery statistics is a start, but you can do a few other things.
The FBI reports that 37.2% robberies took place on a street or highway, so be cautious when you travel. Don’t keep valuables in your car, and roll up the windows and lock the doors. Additionally, be safe and aware when walking around. Walking with someone or carrying a whistle can help protect you from a robbery.
You should also be cautious with the information you share. Posting about new purchases on social media or even putting a large TV box next to your trash can alert criminals that you have valuable items worth taking. However, this information doesn’t mean you need to move to find safety. Small additions to your home—like a new deadbolt, a family safe, or a home security system—can make it more secure.
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