Each year, local law enforcement agencies across the country report crime data for their communities to the FBI. The information reported covers both violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, etc.) and property crimes (burglaries, robberies). Together, they help to paint a picture of how safe a particular community may — or may not — be.
An analysis of this FBI crime data by SafeHome.org, a security research and advice site, found that of America’s largest cities, Seattle had the most burglaries and Memphis the largest number of larceny-theft reports in 2020, for example.
This type of information, of course, impacts the value of real estate in a community. Property in areas that are viewed as safer are typically more costly than those that have a reputation of being troubled by high crime rates.