Property Crimes Rise In Places You Wouldn't Expect Overall property crime was down in 2010, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- a piece of good, if puzzling, news for economists and crime watchers, who typically expect crime to rise when the economy is bad. The FBI reported that all categories of property crime, including burglary, larceny theft and motor-vehicle theft, declined 2.8% overall from 2009, with the biggest drop of 7.2% for stolen cars.

Yet for some smaller American towns, local statistics tell a different story. Larceny and burglary increased slightly in non-metropolitan areas, according to the report, and burglary in the northeast region is up 3.5%. Other mid-sized cities like Erie, Pa., Fresno, Calif., and Evanston, Ill., also reported increases in property crime.

Factors like high unemployment, drug-related burglaries and perhaps a sense that "crime only happens in the big city" can contribute to property crime in non-metropolitan areas, says Robert Siciliano, a home security expert and consultant with ADT Security Services. Foot traffic is a factor too: Homes in less-populated areas simply don't have the same surveillance as urban areas.

If you don't know what the property crime rate in your area is, you can map local crimes. (Also see 15 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods for Property Crime.)



Siciliano also adds that convenience stores, gas stations and other suburban and rural targets are increasingly using security systems, which can leave unsecured homes as more tempting targets. City dwellers tend to be more vigilant, have home-security systems and keep doors locked, he says. All these factors can funnel crime to the points of least resistance.

Gary Kleck, a criminology professor at Florida State University, says that security measures, including home alarms, can have the effect of shifting crime from one area to another.

"If it's like most situation-specific measures, it's effect is to displace crime from protected premises to unprotected ones, without necessarily reducing the aggregate number of crimes," says Kleck.


Studies show that even something as simple as a security sticker or lawn sign can deter a criminal from breaking into a house. But what is more important, according to Chris E. McGoey, a security expert based in Southern California, is a "mindset of caution." That means an having an awareness of your surroundings, never opening the door for strangers, talking about a plan should a robbery happen with your family, and preparing the documentation to file an insurance claim.

"Burglars love people who are oblivious and leave windows open or a door open," he says. "Or if you have someone come over for repairs, don't let them wander around without knowing anything about them."

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theconstpro

AN AXE, HAMMER, KNIFE, ROPE, SCREWDRIVER OR GUN DOES NOT KILL MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN...CRIMINALS DO.
IT IS JUST THAT SIMPLE AND WHEN WE AS A NATION REALIZE THAT WITHOUT MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT BEING IMPOSED IT WILL CONTINUE. CRIMINALS THINK OF OUR PRISONS AS A "PLACE OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO DEVELOPE ASSOCIATIONS AND POLISH THEIR SKILLS.
PRISONS AND PUNISHMENT MUST BE SO SEVER THAT IT WILL MAKE A CROOK SHIVER IN THEIR BOOTS AND THAT WILL PUT A DENT IN THE CRIMES.

June 02 2011 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
theconstpro

About 20+ years ago a small town in Georgia ( Kennesaw, Georgia) just north of Atlanta past an ordinace that EVERY HOME HAVE A GUN AND THE OWNER MUST LEARN HOW TO USE IT BY TAKING A GUN SAFETY COURSE....
The crime rate went to "0" and has stayed that way for over twenty years.
Even when all around them the crime rate has steadly climbed.... SOUNDS LIKE THE CRIMINALS GOT THE MESSAGE.

June 02 2011 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
methnkng

Ilegal immigration increases property crimes.

June 02 2011 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marshall

Does everyone walk around like an ostrich? They are teaching the inner city kids to go to the rural ares, they are less likely to be seen, or heard when they cap you.

What we need is more so-called liberals and progressives, making laws and creating government entities, which punish the parents for straightening out their children before they get out of control.

Our school systems teach our kids that parents can't touch them, then when they can't have their way, the children make up lies, which in turn causes the govenment to step in and make the parents lives a living hell. The govewrnment employees often write false reports, to make the parents look bad, so they can keep the paychecks rolling in. The government, like DCFS in Illinois do what ever it takes to make it look like they are needed for children's protection. That's how they keep the cash cow.

It's actually an epidemic that's not being reported honestly. Kids are taken away from their families, put in foster homes of people that only want a check, and allowed to run and do whatever they please. When the children are caught messing up, the original parents are hten blamed again.

June 02 2011 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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hello

Outstanding and very true!!!

June 02 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
radotw

If you got haters!!! this song is for you just click this link http://youtu.be/K_I5NIrfV5M and press play to make the haters go away!!!!

June 02 2011 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
savemycountry911

Hey Roland. You are an idiot. We sure don't need any looney libs. I'll pay for your one way ticket to any third world country.

June 01 2011 at 9:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Roland Esquivel

Hey Glen 11555, I'll pay for a one-way ticket to Iraq if you leave right now !!! You are an idiot , and we don't need you in the USA !!

June 01 2011 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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savemycountry911

Are you one of those inner city thugs, Esq?

June 01 2011 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ReyNChris856

I really feel bad for people who don't have a job. Lack of income to support their family and kids, put food on the table and to cloths on their kid(s) backs.
My house, my home, I truly feel bad for that sucker braking into my home which I just had my alarm company install a new alarm system with security cameras, hey the bad ones can even cut the electric my cable and or my phone wires and the mentor station still get notified that my alarm is going off.
I live in a great crime free neighborhood, well maybe not crime free, but nothing has happened since the last 5 years my man and I bought our home in this neighborhood.

June 01 2011 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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savemycountry911

I also live in a low crime area. Most people in this rural community have guns. That is a good security system.

June 01 2011 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mickey markoff

What a sad and ironic commentary on our culture. You know what would prevent crime? Bringing back our jobs! When are we going to end the insanity of outsourcing good American jobs overseas? And I have to say that Florida IS becoming more and more like a third world nation. It seems that every week there are more and more homeless people panhandling on our streets. Where does it end?

June 01 2011 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
glen11555

Let the Demo-Rats write another check on the Tax payers back and fund the Thugs that run the cities of America.

June 01 2011 at 2:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply