A burglary is defined as “entry into a building illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft,” and sentences vary depending on factors like whether or not a weapon was present and each state’s laws.
When it comes to home security and break-ins, some states are safer than others. Using data collected by the FBI, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 states with the lowest numbers of recorded break-ins per 100,000 inhabitants. Read on to see if your state is one of the safest from break-ins.
US Burglary Map
States with the Fewest Break-ins
Nebraska has a burglary rate of 338.7 burglaries per 100,000 people, making it the tenth safest state from break-ins in the United States. This may be because of its low unemployment rate, which is currently 1.6 percent lower than the national average. Nebraska also pours a lot of money and attention into its police and fire services, which seem to help residents stay safer.
Massachusetts is a state relatively safe from burglary, but incidents vary greatly between areas. In Hopkinton, a town of around 16,000 people and the starting place for the Boston Marathon, only one burglary occurred in 2016, while Pittsfield, with a population of over 46,000 experiences roughly 414 burglaries annually.
Interestingly, Vermont has never had any real gun laws, which some credit for the state’s low crime rates. Its constitution and a set of statutes known as the “Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights” make it nearly impossible for anyone to institute gun control. These statutes could be a significant contributor to Vermont’s relatively low instance of home break-ins.
7. New Jersey
Despite its reputation otherwise, New Jersey is actually a relatively safe state and has a burglary rate of 312.1 per 100,000 inhabitants. Property crimes are lowest in the city of Washington Township, which experiences 1.76 burglaries per 1,000 people.
Potential burglars in Pennsylvania may be convicted without even completing their crime if they enter a building with the intent of committing burglary. It’s also illegal to possess burglar’s tools such as fake keys or crowbars. The state’s burglary rate is 309.8 per 100,000 people.
Living in the rural state of Wyoming has advantages beyond fewer traffic jams and shorter lines at the grocery store—it also has a burglary rate of 300.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, which puts it as the fifth safest state from break-ins.
Connecticut is good at educating its residents about the risks of burglary, with many local areas providing information that helps people better safeguard their homes. This may be what keeps the state’s burglary rate at a relatively low 280 break-ins per 100,000 people.
3. New Hampshire
New Hampshire is generally full of higher-education institutions and peaceful communities that are engaged in local and national issues, and it’s also one of the safest states from burglary. The state’s inclusive attitude toward its residents and their futures may be partly responsible for the low crime rate and burglary rate of 260.6 per 100,000.
In terms of prison sentencing, Virginia is the worst state in the United States to be a burglar, as criminals found guilty of burglary can get locked up for life. This may be what’s deterring would-be intruders, as Virginia is the second-safest state from burglary, with a rate of 254.6.
1. New York
Surprisingly, New York takes the prize for being the safest state in the US when it comes to break-ins, and it may have the police’s “get tough” policies to thank for its low burglary rate of 223.7 per 100,000 inhabitants. In the 1990s, New York law enforcement increased their arrest rate for various crimes and saw a decline in robberies as a result.
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Wherever you live, it’s important to protect your home from invasion as best you can, which includes having a reliable security system and a network of people locally to watch for suspicious activity. Share this link with your friends and family on social media to spread awareness of the risks of burglary and the states where you can best avoid it.