Since the 1990s, the property crime rate in the U.S. has declined drastically. There were 5,140 reported property crimes per 100,000 of the population in 1991, according to FBI data. In 2018, that rate dropped down to 2,199 cases.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics defines property crimes as burglary/trespassing, motor vehicle theft, and theft, including both attempted and completed crimes.

The most recent U.S. crime data from 2018 shows promising YOY improvements across the country, with the estimated number of property crimes declining 8.0% in the Midwest, 7.6% in the Northeast, 6.1% in the South, and 5.0% in the West.

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Heather A. Turner

Heather A. Turner is the managing editor of ALM's NU Property & Casualty Group. She can be reached at [email protected].