North Carolina – A new study found the state is in the top 10 with the most break-ins. The study ranks the Ole North State as No. 9 with the most break-ins of any state in America with 630.6 per 100,000 people.
The top states, starting from the number one position and going to number 10, has New Mexico at the top sport, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada, South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Dakota rounding out the top 10. At the bottom is New York state.
Here are some interesting findings from the study 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)
While the differences in the distribution of burglaries reported in 2017 are most likely largely because the South and West have much higher populations, there is also some weather-related correlation, as temperatures in the South stays warm deep into the winter with an average annual temperature for the region of nearly 60 degrees.