Certain states in the US are more vulnerable to crime than others, but unless you have easy access to the facts, how do you know whether your property is located in a high risk area?
From Alabama to Wyoming
Overall, there is some good news—figures released by the US Department of Justice and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports show that between 2000 and 2012, burglaries in the US fell by 8.0 percent. But in some states, the opposite is true. In Alabama, for example, the number of burglaries—which was high to begin with—has risen by 8.6 percent over the 12 year period. That means that if you live in the Cotton State, you are now 47.6 percent more likely to be burglarized than the national average.
At the alphabetical opposite end of the list, you should be much safer. In Wyoming, burglaries have dropped by 12.4 percent since 2000, and Wyoming residents are 44.7 percent less likely to become a victim than the overall national median.
The Burglary Capital of the US?
The combined statistics of the FBI and the US Department of Justice suggest that Arkansas is the most vulnerable state in the country when it comes to property crime. Home burglars are sticking closely to its former nickname as the Land of Opportunity and as a result, Arkansas residents are a mighty 62.1 percent more likely to be targeted than across the remainder of the US.
Other states with a high crime rate include New Mexico and North Carolina, while Virginia, Montana and New York are among those where your property might be comparatively safe.
If you are looking to move cross-country, then it’s well worth checking out this useful interactive website to find out where burglary rates are low compared to the rest of the nation. And even if you're staying right where you are, knowing what you're up against—and protecting against it—certainly can't hurt.
SimpliSafe Home Security developed a new interactive website which gives you confirmed crime statistics with just a few clicks of the mouse. It's a great resource if you're looking to compare concrete numbers—plus clicking around reveals some telling trends.