The FBI says that in 2020, there were 314 burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide. However, in three Illinois cities, that number was a whole lot higher.

That same year, over one million burglaries were reported from coast-to-coast, and most of them happened in residential areas. Contrary to what you might think, the majority of those burglaries took place during the day instead of at night.

Home security systems, a well-lit home, and using surveillance cameras may deter some people from breaking into your place, but others are still rolling the dice with break-ins.

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No chipped paint on the crowbar? Must be a newbie. (Getty Images)
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Leave the money, take the lamp. (Getty Images)

The Southern United States Is The Most Burgled Section Of The United States, The Northeast Is The Least

According to a piece up at, Hot Springs, Arkansas led the nation in burglaries in 2020, with over 1,200 break-ins reported. That's almost 4 times the national average.

Next on the list is Lake Charles, Louisiana with 1,066, and in 3rd place is Alexandria, Louisiana with 1,019. Fourth place in the nation goes to Jonesboro, Arkansas, where they had 1,003.

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Have we been robbed, or does this room always look like this? (Getty Images)

The Fifth Most Burgled City In America Is In Illinois, And It's The Boyhood Home Of Dick Van Dyke

Which town in Illinois did I come from? Hmmm...(Getty Images)
Which town in Illinois did I come from? Hmmm...(Getty Images)

If you shouted "It's gotta be Danville!," congratulations. You really know a lot about burglary spots and maybe a bit too much about Dick Van Dyke.

  • Danville, at number 5 on the FBI's list of the most burgled cities, had 880 burglaries in 2020.
  • Decatur, Illinois takes the 15th spot with 677.
  • And the third Illinois city to make the list (at #22) is, coincidentally the home of Illinois state goverment, Springfield. Springfield reported 612 burglaries per 100,000 people.

You can check the whole list at by clicking here.

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