burglarized cities

The Top 10 Most Burglarized Cities in Pennsylvania

A “burglary” is defined as the illegal entry into a home or building with the intent to commit a crime, most often theft. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are about 30,000 burglaries per year. But when it comes to crime in the state itself, it’s obvious that some cities are more burglarized than others. With that being said, here’s a look at the top 10 most burglarized and crime-ridden cities in Pennsylvania:

10. Chester

Known as “Pennsylvania’s most dangerous city,” – as well as one of the nation’s top 20 most dangerous cities – Chester has a crime rate of about 56.1 per every 1,000 residents. And in a city with a population of just 34,200, it’s estimated that if you live within the city limits, one out of every 18 residents will eventually become a victim of a crime. In terms of property crime, Chester features a rate of 34.14 per 1,000 residents.

9. Ambridge

Those who live in Ambridge have a one of 17 chance of becoming victim to a crime. Overall, the crime rate of the 7,000-person municipality is 60 per 1,000 residents. In terms of property crimes, it’s about 41.27 per every 1,000 residents. Ambridge is largely considered the second most dangerous town in Pennsylvania.

8. New Castle

One out of every 16 people who live in New Castle will eventually become victim of a crime in the city, whether it’s a property crime, violent crime or some other sort of crime. In fact, overall that’s about 61.73 crimes per every 1,000 residents and 46.36 property crimes for every 1,000 residents to be more specific.

7. McKees Rocks

Live in McKees Rocks? One out of every 15 people in the city will eventually become victim of a crime. Property crimes, specifically, are particularly prevalent in the municipality, as the rate is 53.52 for every 1,000 residents. When taking into consideration both property and violent crimes, McKees Rocks tops the list of Pennsylvania’s most dangerous cities.

6. Harrisburg

It’s estimated that one out of every 16 Harrisburg residents will eventually be a victim of a crime. In fact, the 49,000-person Harrisburg ranks No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania when both violent crime and property crime is taken into consideration. In terms of property crimes, Harrisburg’s crime rate is 48.76 for every 1,000 residents. Total reported crimes are 63.37 for every 1,000 residents.

5. York

At just about 44,000 residents, York is another fairly large Pennsylvania city with a large crime rate. Specifically, about one out of every 20 York residents will become victim to a crime at some point. According to crime statistics, total reported crimes are about 50 per every 1,000 residents, property crimes about 35 per every 1,000.

4. Selinsgrove

Selinsgrove is a small Pennsylvania city, with a population of under 6,000, but 49.16 per every 1,000 residents, its crime rate is anything but. Specifically, according to burglary statistics, property crimes lead the way, with 32.87 per every 1,000 residents.

3. Philadelphia

By far the largest city on this list with a population of 1.53 million, the City of Brotherly Love is also one of the most dangerous. Although not as dangerous as many of the other cities on this list, it’s estimated that one out of every 21 Philadelphia residents will at one point become the victim of a violent or property crime.

2. Duquesne

Those that live in the 5,500-person city of Duquesne have a one in 19 chance of one day becoming the victim of a crime. Specifically, the city’s crime rate is about 53 for every 1,000 residents, property crimes being 42 for every 1,000 residents.

1. Reading

Finally, we round this list out with Reading, another large 88,000-person-plus Pennsylvania city with a high total reported crime rate of about 50 per 1,000 residents. The majority of these total reported crimes are property crimes, as the rate is about 40.8 per 1,000 residents. The chances of becoming victim of a crime if you live in Reading? One out of 20.

Whether you live in one of the aforementioned cities or not, home security should always be a focal point. After all, isn’t it important to safeguard and protect the things and people in life that are most precious to you? With that being said, here’s a look at some tips and suggestions for increasing the security of your home and minimizing the risk of burglaries:

  • Get a home security system: Homes without security systems in the United States are up to 3 times more likely to be burglarized. A home security system can deter a burglar right from the get-go, as for many crooks, the risk of being caught isn’t worth the potential reward that a home may have to offer.
  • Get better locks: Locks can play a big role in helping to keep your home secure. And while most front and back doors to homes and businesses come with standard door locks, you can up the ante on security by installing deadbolt locks or some other more high-security type. Security door jams can also come in handy.
  • Keep your yard up: Overgrown shrubs and bushes can tell a potential crook two things – one, that you may not be home, or two, that they’ll be plenty of places for them to hide and stay out of sight as they sneak up to your home. Keeping your yard in tip top shape can help prevent both things from happening.

Home security is nothing to take lightly if you live in one of the 10 cities listed here – or anywhere else in Pennsylvania, the United States, etc. – and as we mentioned already, the right locks can go a long way to vastly improving your situation and ensuring that you don’t become a statistic. For more information about locks – or to schedule an appointment for new lock installation – contact our team of professional, experienced locksmiths at Great Valley Lockshop today. Call us at (610) 644-5334 or send an email to [email protected].

Author Picture

Let’s Get You A Free Estimate

Discover what thousands of our customers already know: When you hire Great Valley Lockshop you can expect us to be prompt, passionate and genuinely enthusiastic about your project!


We are serious about privacy. We will never share your information with third parties. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information.

Great Valley Lockshop