Burglaries and break-ins are some of the most worrying crimes you can face, affecting millions of people in the US and Canada each year. But just how many people have had their homes broken into? And which US states and Canadian provinces experience the highest rate of burglaries?
To find out, we gathered all of the most up-to-date burglary statistics in Canada and the USA, as well as conducting a survey to discover how commonplace burglary really is, and what security measures Americans and Canadians have in place to deter burglars from their homes.
*This figure was calculated as a proportion of the total population of the US aged 18+ (209 million).
Data from the FBI shows that in 2019, there were 1,117,696 burglaries in the US alone. As you can see on the table below, there has been a steady decline in the number of burglaries over the past 5 years, which may explain why 47% of American homeowners chose not to have a home security system installed in their homes.
Number of reported Burglaries each year since 2015 in the USA according to official FBI statistics.
Although burglary rates in the US are declining, millions of burglaries are still carried out or attempted every year, so it’s no surprise that so many Americans are putting in place measures to ensure that they’re equipped with all the tools they need to protect themselves and their homes from danger.
To find out which parts of the US search for ways to improve the security of their homes most, we conducted a keyword analysis using the tool KeywordFinder. This allowed us to discover which states search for security related terms the most in proportion to their population size.
The keywords we analysed were: “Home Security”, “Security Cameras”, “Home Security Systems”, “Alarm Systems”, “Ring Camera” and “Motion Sensor Light”. All of these terms indicate a person looking to improve the security of their home utilising different products to do so.
Average monthly searches in the USA for a variety of keywords. Data extracted from KWFinder.
To find out which US state is the most security conscious, we gathered data for each state showing the average number of monthly searches for each of the above security related search terms. We added together each state's total search volume for all 7 of these security-related terms and weighted this by population by dividing the number of searches by the population of each state, before multiplying by 10,000 to obtain the average number of monthly searches per 100,000 people. The results found that:
US states mapped from least to most security-conscious based on search volumes for home-security products. Created using mapchart.net
It’s important to note that each search does not necessarily correspond to a different individual, as one person could conduct the same search multiple times.
We also conducted a survey in Canada, asking 1,000 people aged over 18 if their homes have ever been broken into.
In Canada, the number of burglaries between 2015 and 2019 has remained fairly steady with around 161,291 burglaries across Canada in 2019. Although this figure hasn’t really changed over the past 5 years, it is a huge decrease from 293,397 burglaries in 2000.
Number of reported Burglaries each year since 2015 in Canada according to Statista.
Following a keyword analysis using KeywordFinder, we discovered which province in Canada searches for security related terms the most in proportion to population sizes. We used the same methodology as we did with the above US study and found the following:
Canadian provinces* mapped from least to most security-conscious based on search volumes for home-security products. Created using mapchart.net
*We didn’t conduct a keyword analysis for the north-most territories in Canada due to their remoteness and low population density.
Average monthly searches in Canada for a variety of keywords. Data extracted from KeywordFinder.
To conclude, while rates of burglary have decreased in the US over recent years and remained relatively constant in Canada, home security is still a large concern, hence the large volume of searches for items like security cameras.
We hope these statistics have helped you better understand the rates of burglary in the USA and Canada