An analysis of the rates of three different property crimes by Massachusetts City & Town
Each year the FBI issues its “Crime in the United States Report” offering the latest Crime Statistic data
In connection with our Market Share Reports on both the Homeowner’s Multi-Peril and the Burglary & Theft lines of insurance in Massachusetts, Agency Checklists now offers a look at the rate of Property Crime in the Commonwealth. Similar to the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, each year the FBI issues a report outlining the overall trends in property crime within certain areas of the U.S. as well as nationally.
According to the FBI’s definition, crimes that would be categorized as “Property Crime” for the purposes of the FBI reporting guidelines, include Burglary, Larceny-theft, and Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson. “The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.”
A few national statistics with respect to Property Crime in the United States
According to the FBI, 18,667 federal, state, county, city, university, and college, as well as tribal agencies participated in this year’s annual Uniform Crime Reporting Program. While the statistics look at violent crime, the UCR Reports also publishes separate data with regards to property crimes including burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle left, and arson.
The following are a few highlights provided by the FBI with regards to this years UCR Report on Property Crime:
- Nationwide, there were an estimated 6,925,677 property crimes. The estimated numbers for all three property crimes showed declines when compared with the previous year’s estimates. Burglaries dropped 9.5%, larceny-thefts decreased 2.8%, and motor vehicle thefts were down 4.0%.
- Collectively, victims of property crimes (excluding arson) suffered losses estimated at $15.8 billion in 2019.
- The FBI estimated law enforcement agencies nationwide made 10.1 million arrests, (excluding those for traffic violations) in 2019.
- Of the property crime offenses, the arrest rate for burglary was 52.3 per 100,000 inhabitants; larceny-theft, 263.0; and motor vehicle theft, 25.1. The arrest rate for arson was 2.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Property crime statistics in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The following is a list of the twenty major cities and towns by population in Massachusetts along with their corresponding property crime statistics for 2019. The FBI cautions that while numbered, the following should not be construed as a ranking per se, as it “provide[s] no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular state, county, city, town, tribal area, or region” and can lead to a “simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents.” It is however, data worth knowing and as such it is provided below without additional analysis or opinion.
A look at cities with the highest rate of Burglary crimes
The following are the 25 cities and towns in Massachusetts that reported the highest number of Burglary crimes in 2019. It is also worthwhile to note that there were eight cities and towns which reported zero burglaries in 2019. They are as follows: Aquinnah, Boylston, Cheshire, Chilmark, East Brookfield, Oakham, Truro, and Worthington.
A look at the cities with the highest number of reported Motor Vehicle thefts in 2019
The following are the 25 cities and towns in Massachusetts that reported the highest number of Motor Vehicle crimes in 2019. Due to some reporting dispute statistics and inconsistencies for 2019, the FBI did not include a total number of Motor Vehicle thefts for the City of Boston. As a result, Boston is not included on the list below although referring to past reviews we have done it would like to be included among the first five cities reported. Perhaps, the most surprising result of this review, however, is that there are 38 cities and towns in Massachusetts which had no reported Motor Vehicle thefts during 2019. They are as follows: Lunenburg, Chatham, Hatfield, Northborough, Harvard, Medway, Orleans, Wellfleet, Great Barrington, Lexington, Littleton, Carlisle, Groton, Hardwick, Marion, Stow, Williamsburg, Bernardston, Dover, Norfolk, Princeton, Wales, Bolton, Boxford, Goshen, Hopedale, Lincoln, Pelham, Becket, Gill, Millville, Northfield, Wayland, Aquinnah, Boylston, Chilmark, Truro, and Worthington.
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A look at the cities with the highest number of Larceny-Theft reports in 2019
The following are the 25 cities and towns in Massachusetts that reported the highest number of Larceny-theft crimes in 2019. Again, in addition to the following cities which reported the most Larceny-thefts in the Commonwealth during 2019, there were four cities which had no reported Larceny-thefts incidents. They are as follows: Wayland, Aquinnah, Cheshire, and Worthington.
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