If you’re looking to buy a home or rent an apartment, perhaps crime is on your mind. So, what Pennsylvania cities are the most burglarized in the state?

The crew at GVLock.com has put together a study to determine the top 10 most burglarized cities in Pennsylvania. They have some positive things to say about Pennsylvania law enforcement. “If you feel safer as a homeowner in Pennsylvania these days, the truth is that you are,” they state. “Police and law enforcement have focused on bringing the rate of violence in the state down. In recent years, like the national trend, violent crime in Pennsylvania has dropped; this is especially true for the western part of the state.” The article adds, “Since 2017, non-violent crimes, however, seem to be on the rise in many areas. An increase in burglary, theft and property crimes in some cities has been blamed on drug problems and the opioid epidemic which is currently affecting the entire nation. Using the latest statistics, we have updated our list to show the top 10 most burglarized and crime-ridden cities in Pennsylvania in 2019.”

So, which Pennsylvania cities have the most burglaries, according to the most recent data? Read the full list of the top 10 cities below. Find more information via GVLock.com here.

  • 10. Philadelphia

    Here we are, Philadelphia, at No. 10 on the list. Philly is the 5th largest city in the country, according to GVLock.com, and is “also one of the most dangerous, though Philadelphia crime statistics generally show improvement over the past two decades.”

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  • 9. Selinsgrove

    According to GVLock.com, the small town of Selinsgrove has experienced some notable break ins. They state, “Violent crime is significantly less common here in comparison to other towns in the state. For theft and property crime, however, this community ranks just below York.”

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  • 8. York

    According to GVLock.com, the rate of robbery in York is “higher than that of Ambridge, and some reports show a higher instance of theft here over Chester.” They do say that compared to other Pennsylvania towns, the risk of burglary is not as high. Still, it falls at No. 8 on this list.

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  • 7. Ambridge

    GVLock.com nots that in 2019, Ambridge was ranked as the second-most dangerous city in the state, but got better in 2020 and 2021. “This city has the highest rates in Pennsylvania for property crime and theft, but burglary and other infractions are decreasing,” they state.


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  • 6. Harrisburg

    GVLock.com says that “Harrisburg’s crime rate is 713 for every 1,000 residents.” They say the city has experienced a variety of crimes the past few years.

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  • 5. Reading

    GVLock.com says that the good news is that all kinds of crime has been going down in Reading over the past 18 years. That’s definitely good to hear, even though it is still on this list.

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  • 4. New Castle

    New Castle has the fourth highest rate of robbery, plus a high instance of property crime and theft, according to GVLock.com. “New Castle has struggled to keep non-violent crime down,” they state.

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  • 3. Duquesne

    According to GVLock.com, Duquesne is a small city in Allegheny County, but it has a high occurrence of burglary. That’s why it’s so high up on this tally.

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  • 2. McKees Rocks

    McKees Rocks “ranks among the highest in Pennsylvania for violent crime and murder, and McKees Rocks also has the state’s biggest problem with property crimes,” according to GVLock.com.

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  • 1. Chester

    GVLock.com says that Chester is known as “Pennsylvania’s most dangerous city,” and it’s also one of the U.S.’s top 20 most dangerous cities. That’s why it’s No. 1 on this list.

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  • Source

    This list is via GVLock.com.

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