By The Numbers
Breaking and entering are defined for states through a statistical aggregate of available data. Essentially, they gather up all the data from all the police agencies, add it together, and come up with a ratio. Usually, it will be something like X break-ins per 100,000 people. You can do the math for yourself—in America, there are approximately 2.5 million break-ins a year.
The country’s population is around 330 million people. So the ratio is 2.5 out of 330, or .075%. That’s basically a 1 out of 132 chance of a break-in annually. So in a community of 50,000, you should expect just under 380 break-ins a year, according to the national average. That’s a little under 760 per 100,000. Accordingly, the way state break-in averages are calculated is similar.
The number of people in the state will be averaged against the total number of break-ins, so there are states like New York and New Jersey on the “fewest break-ins” list, even though both states are known for metropolises rife with crime. With that in mind, four of the top states with the fewest break-ins of 2019, into 2020, include:
PA Has two “problem” cities: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Even in these cities, there are safe districts where breaking and entering are rare. However, to be truly safe, you’ll want to explore cities and towns between these metropolises. As a general rule, the bigger the city, the worse the crime.In contrast, Pennsylvania’s heartland is safe, bucolic, and beautiful. Autumn is the time of year Pennsylvania shines, and it’s ideally located right near a number of America’s most prominent cities. You can live in safety and travel between the hustle and bustle of New York, New Jersey, and many others. Plus, the coast isn’t very far.
Virginia is right on the coast, and also has a deep history in terms of America’s development as a nation. It’s additionally notable that the Pentagon is located in Langley—and that’s essentially the headquarters of the CIA.
So you can bet that Virginia isn’t a state where a lot of burglary goes unnoticed or unaddressed. It’s centrally located near the world’s premiere intelligence group, the climate is desirable, the ocean is near, and crime is low in terms of breaking and entering.
Wyoming is remote, and there are very few homeless people. The state’s got less than 600,000 residents—the actual number is under 580,000 but is in constant flux. It’s lately been treading water within about 20k people of that 600k line, it seems. At any rate, the state is remote and cold. To stay there for a long time requires grit and resources.
Most thieves have neither grit nor resources; and if they do, they tend to fleece residential targets that are apt to deliver more return on their thievery. Wyoming, though low on poverty, is also not a good target for many thieves. If you really want to be safe from breaking and entering, check out Wyoming.
Maine is full of communities where everyone works a handful of jobs and lives cost-effectively off their mettle. It’s a remote community right near a frigid coastline where, like in Wyoming, living requires resourcefulness. There’s not much to steal up in Maine, either; breaking and entering crimes are relatively low.
Bonus: Florida – Strategically
This may sound a bit kitschy but think about it critically. New York is listed on this site as a state among the top ten in the country for low break-ins. That’s because the numbers are looked at for the totality of the state.
Well, this is an area where Florida is similar. Here’s the thing: some communities in Florida are well-developed, affordable, temperate, and safe. Some are crazy. You need house-hunting help, like that available through local Florida group househeroes.com, to narrow down your choices. With such help, you can definitely find communities with little
to no breaking and entering crimes.
Finding The Best State For You
There are many other safe states and some states that are safe enough if you work with the right people to find the right house in the right neighborhood. Wyoming, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are pretty safe in regard to breaking and entering crimes. Florida and New York are safe if you’re strategic. Professional assistance through the right agency can be key.