2020 Insurance Fact Book

Property Crimes

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports defines property crime as larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and burglary. These crimes involve the unlawful taking of money or property without the use of force or threat of force against the victims. Larceny theft involves the successful or attempted taking of property from another; it includes shoplifting, pick-pocketing, purse-snatching and bicycle theft. While motor vehicle theft of is a separate offense category, the thefts of motor vehicle parts and accessories are considered larceny. Burglary involves the unlawful entry into a structure such as a home or business. According to the FBI, there were a reported 6,925,677 property crime offenses in the United States in 2019, down 4.1 percent from 2018. The rate of property crimes was 2,109.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, down 4.5 percent from 2018. Property crimes in 2019 cost $15.8 billion. Larceny-theft accounted for the largest share of total property crimes in 2019, 73.4 percent of all property crimes. Burglary accounted for 16.1 percent, and motor vehicle theft for 10.4 percent.

Number And Rate Of Property Crime Offenses In The United States, 2010-2019 (1)

 

  Burglary Larceny-theft
Year Number Rate Number Rate
2010 2,168,459 701.0 6,204,601 2,005.8
2011 2,185,140 701.3 6,151,095 1,974.1
2012 2,109,932 672.2 6,168,874 1,965.4
2013 1,932,139 610.5 6,019,465 1,901.9
2014 1,713,153 537.2 5,809,054 1,821.5
2015 1,587,564 494.7 5,723,488 1,783.6
2016 1,516,405 468.9 5,644,835 1,745.4
2017 1,397,045 429.7 5,513,000 1,695.5
2018 1,235,013 378.0 5,232,167 1,601.6
2019 1,117,696 340.5 5,086,096 1,549.5
  Motor vehicle theft Total property crime (2)
Year Number Rate Number Rate
2010 739,565 239.1 9,112,625 2,945.9
2011 716,508 230.0 9,052,743 2,905.4
2012 723,186 230.4 9,001,992 2,868.0
2013 700,288 221.3 8,651,892 2,733.6
2014 686,803 215.4 8,209,010 2,574.1
2015 713,063 222.2 8,024,115 2,500.5
2016 767,290 237.3 7,928,530 2,451.6
2017 772,943 237.7 7,682,988 2,362.9
2018 751,904 230.2 7,219,084 2,209.8
2019 721,885 219.9 6,925,677 2,109.9

(1) Rate is per 100,000 inhabitants.
(2) Property crimes are the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports.

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