Story at a glance:
- Crime is on the rise in 2021.
- Small towns outside of Los Angeles and Chicago have the highest property crime and are the most violent small towns in the U.S., respectively.
There has been an increase in violent crime in major cities such as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Memphis.
Despite orders to stay at home, 2020, according to the FBI and Bureau of Justice Statistics, had more than 20,000 murders (6.22 homicides per 100,000 people), the highest total since 1995 (8.22 homicides per 100,000 people).
While big cities have struggled to keep the peace, some small towns have also seen violence.
The following are the top five most dangerous small towns, according to a new analysis from SafeWise: Emeryville, Calif., Sauk Village, Ill., Glendale, Co., Florida City, Fla. and Ocean City, Md.
In Emeryville, the town reported about 212 property crimes per 1,000 incidents, and there is an estimated 1 in 5 chance that a resident could be a victim of property crime, making it the most in the U.S.
Crimes related to stealing are somewhat high in the small California town; about 1 in 109 could have their vehicles stolen, and larceny-theft is the most common property crime, making up 92 percent of all reported incidents.
In contrast, Sauk Village is the most violent small town in the U.S., as found by SafeWise.
The town reported about 55 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, and there is a 1 in 18 chance of being a victim of violence.
According to SafeWise, one could combine the top 100 safest small towns’ crimes and Sauk Village would overlap it three times over, with aggravated assault in Sauk Village is the most common violent crime reported – 490 incidents.
Violent crimes in Sauk Village occur twice as much as property crime.
SafeWise, the leading online resource for safety and security, analyzed the latest available violent and property crime data from the FBI. A small town is considered to be greater than 5,000 but less than 15,000 in its population.
Changing America has reached out to both Emeryville and Sauk Village mayors’ offices for comment.
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