Home invasion statistics by state 2024

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Home invasions, or burglaries, have been declining over the past thirty years. Forcible entry is the most common type of home invasion, accounting for 55.7% of all incidents, followed by unlawful entry at 37.8%. Major cities with more than 250,000 persons have the highest percentage of forcible entry and unlawful entry. Burglars tend to enter homes during the daytime slightly more often than at night. Homeowners can take steps to safeguard their homes against burglars including installing alarm systems, securing window locks and deadbolts on all entry points and ensuring that it appears that one is home by setting timers, maintaining outdoor appearance and clearing all mail and newspapers from the outside of the home.

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Burglary rates are declining according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Since 2012, the number of burglaries declined by 57.4% from 2,109,932 reported cases that year to 899,293 cases in 2022.

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The rate of property victimization — the rate at which persons of a household were victims of a crime — has generally decreased from 2018 to 2022. Burglary figures, specifically, have dropped from 15.0 per 1,000 households in 2018 to 10.1 per 1,000 households.

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Burglaries can result in significant property loss. The average dollar loss per burglary offense for a residence in 2022 was over $97,000 according to the FBI.

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The state with the highest burglary rate in 2022 was New Mexico, and the state with the lowest burglary rate was New Hampshire.

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Burglars strike more often during the daytime according to FBI data. Of the total burglaries in 2022, 48.8% of total residence and nonresidence burglaries occurred during the day compared to 45.2% which occurred at night.

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General home invasion statistics

The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) provides detailed estimates on nonfatal violent and property crime. For example, if a victim suffers violence during a burglary, these are classified among victimization rates, which measure the extent that violent and property victimizations occurred in a specific population during a specified time.

The burglary-related victimization rate has declined from 2018 to 2022, from 15.0 to 10.1 per 1,000 households, respectively.

Burglaries can lead to significant property loss. According to FBI data, in 2022 the average value of stolen property for residences totaled over $97,000 both for items taken during the daytime and at night.

The below table shows the average value of stolen property by location type and time of day in 2022.

Source: FBI

Burglary rate by state

In 2022, the overall per-capita burglary rate in the U.S. was 269.8 per 100,000 people. The three states with the highest burglary rates were New Mexico (604), Washington (563) and Louisiana (497.8). The three states with the lowest burglary rates were New Hampshire (73.5), Maine (115.9) and Virginia (124.6).

Which break-ins are most common?

The FBI’s UCR Program defines a burglary as the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft and provides three subclassifications for the crime: forcible entry, unlawful entry where no force is used and attempted forcible entry. Of the three, forcible entry was the most common, accounting for 55.7% of all burglaries in 2019 followed by unlawful entry (37.8%).

Large cities with populations over 250,000 people had the highest rates of forcible entry of all city sizes and counties totaling 60.0% and the rate per population size was also the highest at averaging 281.7 burglaries per 100,000 inhabitants.

When do burglaries occur most?

Burglaries happen more often in the daytime than at night but only by a slight margin, according to FBI data. In 2022, 48.8% of total residence and nonresidence burglaries occurred during the day compared to 45.2% occurring at night. This was a decrease from 52.6% of daytime burglaries in 2021. Looking at only residential burglaries in 2022, 28.2% took place during the daytime, while 21.8% were perpetrated at night.

How to deter burglaries

There are three steps that you can take to deter burglars. First, install an alarm system and camera or video doorbell. According to a University of North Carolina study, around 60% of respondents surveyed would be deterred by an alarm and would seek another target. Second, ensure that all windows are secured with high-quality locks and doors with deadbolts.

According to recent FBI data, 55.7% of break-ins involve forcible entry, so making sure all entry points are fortified will make entry more difficult. Last, make sure that it appears someone is home. For example, put lights on a timer, maintain the lawn, ensure that mail and newspapers are paused when you are away and hire a housesitter while you are out of town.


Does homeowners insurance cover home invasions?

Yes. Homeowners insurance covers your home and personal property in the event that your home is broken into. This includes replacing the stolen items as well as the damage to your home. The coverage depends on your plan. There are two types of personal property coverage: replacement cost and actual cash value (ACV). With replacement cost, your insurer will pay to replace your stolen goods with new items, no matter how long you owned it. With ACV, the insurer pays an item’s actual worth after years of use.

What is the No. 1 top investment to deter a burglar?

According to home security company ADT, an outdoor security camera is the best deterrent for burglars, as it instills the risk of being caught, identified and convicted via security camera.

How can I protect my home when I am on vacation?

When on vacation, use timers for lights; ask friends to pick up mail and newspapers or have the services paused; secure doors and windows before leaving; check your security system while away and leave your car in the driveway to help protect your home from potential burglaries.


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