New Study: Georgia Ranks No. 15 With Most Break-Ins of Any State in U.S.

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

new study found Georgia ranks No. 15 with the most break-ins of any state in America with 530.9 per 100,000 people., a leading resource for reviewing home security systems, released The States With The Most Break-Ins using the latest annual data released by the FBI.  

Here were some interesting findings on a national level:

  • 1.4 million burglaries in 2017 cost victims $3.4 billion 

  • Against conventional wisdom, New York had the fewest with 176.3 burglaries per 100,000.  

  • Top 5: New Mexico, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas

  • Bottom 5: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, New Hampshire and New York

  • More than 9 in 10 reported break-ins took place in major metro areas or smaller cities. 

  • 44.9% of burglaries happened in the South; 26.3 in the West; 19.6 in the Midwest; and 9.1% in the Northeast.  Large populations and warm weather in the south contribute to this disparity.

  • Top 5 were all in central or mountain time zones

  • Only 2 of the top 10 states were in the eastern time zone

  • The 7 metro areas with the highest rates were all in Arkansas or Louisiana

  • The Good News: Burglary rates have fallen by nearly 40% since 1998 (2.3 million vs. 1.4 million)