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These 15 States Have the Highest Burglary Rates in America

The most recent FBI data shows that South Central states have the highest burglary rates in the United States, but that's not all. Is your state on this list?

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New Mexico

According to the most recent report from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, New Mexico is the most burglarized state in the country. The state had 830.4 instances per 100,000 inhabitants. With Mexican drug trade passing through the state, Albuquerque in particular, it's not a very surprising statistic. Is it a crime to spend money on a home security system these days? A look inside the mind of convicted burglars will help you decide.

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Arkansas

Arkansas came second on the FBI's list with 795.5 burglaries per 100,000 inhabitants. The region, in general, suffers from high rates of property crime, particularly burglary. Among the worst areas is Blytheville, Arkansas, with 347.2 burglaries per 10,000 people. Though it's one of the smallest cities on this list, it has one of the highest burglary rates in America! Unforunately, your yard could be giving burglars clues. Check out these 13 inexpensive ways to theft-proof your home.

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Mississippi

Flanked by Louisiana and Arkansas, Mississippi comes in the top three with 781.4 burglaries. Greenville, a storied city along the Mississippi River, ranks as the second most burglarized city in the country, according to UCR data. In fact, one in 16 residents is likely to become victims of property crime. Here are 25 things you don't know you're doing that make your house a target for burglars.

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma comes in at number four on the FBI's list, with 741.7 burglaries per 100,000 inhabitants. According to YourLocalSecurity.com—an ADT Authorized Premier Provider—Tulsa is the state's most burglarized city per 10,000 people. Garage doors are traditionally weak links in home security, giving thieves easy access. Use these tips to burglar-proof your garage door.

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Louisiana

Coming in at 740.5, one of Louisiana's most dangerous cities sits on the banks of the Red River. Alexandria is the third most burglarized city in the country according to 2017 research from NeighborhoodScout. "Our research reveals the 100 most dangerous cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents," the report explains. Thieves look for easy pickings; these tips will show you how to stop thieves from stealing trailers, motorcycles, ladders, and equipment from your yard.

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North Carolina

North Carolina had 710.4 burglaries per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016. Laurinburg's burglary rate comes down to nearly three per 100 people. The city is known for violent offenses including rape, murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data reveals that a person's chances of becoming a victim of one of these crimes are one in 76 in Laurinburg.  FBI burglary statistics show that 65 percent of break-ins occur by forcing in the front, back, or garage service door (not to mention the 12 percent of entries in which burglars find your "hidden" key or simply walk in through an unlocked door). Check out these other 21 things a burglar won't tell you.

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Alabama

This Deep South state, bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west, has the seventh highest burglary rate per 100,000 people, coming in at 700.5. According to YourLocalSecurity.com, the city of Anniston has a rate of 269.4 burglaries per 10,000 people.  Most burglars don't pick locks or break glass. That takes too long, makes noise and risks personal injury. Instead, they simply kick in a door (even doors with a deadbolt), or pry open a window or sliding patio door. These are the other sneaky things burglars do to break into your house.

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Washington

Washington state was reported to have 674.8 burglaries per 100,000 people by the FBI. YourLocalSecurity.com pinpoints Aberdeen, population 16,100, with 159.6 burglaries per 10,000 people. Check out these 8 ways to make it look like you're home—and fool burglars!

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South Carolina

South Carolina has 664.7 burglaries as reported by the FBI in 2016. Florence comes in at number 99 on NeighborhoodScout's list of the top 100 dangerous cities in the country. YourLocalSecurity.com notes that, per 10,000 people, there are 164.7 burglaries in the city with a population of 38,183 people. These are our best DIY garage security tips.

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Nevada

Rounding out the top ten of the most burglarized states in America is Nevada, at 641.1. Considering it's home to Sin City, it's really no surprise! But according to YourLocalSecurity.com, it's Elko, Nevada with the most burglaries per 10,000 people. Check out these DIY simple window locks to keep your home safe.

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