Which country has the most burglaries?

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Whether you’re emigrating, relocating, planning a holiday, or just considering the safety of your own neighbourhood, knowledge of crime rates can be quite important. Not all countries are equally safe, and it’s important you’re prepared for any foreign visit, regardless of whether it’s for a business trip, a holiday or an extended stay. In this post, we take a look at the available data to see which country has the highest number of burglaries.


How is the Data Measured?

Using data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and data compiled by Knoema, we’re able to build a picture of which countries have the highest burglary rates.

To make the data applicable to countries of all sizes, the best measure is the number of burglaries reported per 100,000 people. This makes the system fair because otherwise the data would be skewed heavily to countries with the highest populations.


Who Has the Highest Burglary Rate Since 2003?

In the past 15 years, we’ve seen burglary rates fluctuate rapidly. Over this period, Denmark saw the highest burglary rate in 2009 (1,939.40 per 100,000 people). This was followed by the Netherlands, with a rate of 1,887.90 in 2005. Austria rounded off the top 3, with a rate of 1,675.40 in 2004.

Although the top three countries are all European, the issue isn’t only isolated to Europe, with the Caribbean also featuring heavily in the list. The dual-island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis (2010) and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2011) rounded off the top 5, with rates of 1,623.30 and 1,617.60 per 100,000 people respectively.


The 5 highest records for burglary rates in a sovereign country per 100,000 people since 2003 (1 entry per country):

1) Denmark – 1,939.40 in 2009

2) The Netherlands – 1,887.90 in 2005

3) Austria – 1,675.40 in 2004

4) Saint Kitts and Nevis – 1,623.30 in 2010

5) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 1,617.60 in 2011

Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


What about the Most Recent Data?

When comparing countries across a single year period, the most recent data we have available is for 2015. Here, Denmark and the Netherlands stay in the top two positions, but the Netherlands takes the top spot, with 1,733.0 burglaries per 100,000 people. Although Saint Vincent and the Grenadines remains in the top five, Austria and Saint Kitts and Nevis drop out entirely, with Grenada and New Zealand taking their places.


The 5 highest records for burglary rates in a sovereign country per 100,000 people in 2015:

1) The Netherlands – 1,733.0

2) Denmark – 1403.8

3) Grenada – 1358.8

4) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 1270.5

5) New Zealand – 1,170.1

Source: Knoema


What about Australia?

In the 2015 data, Australia ranked 10th, with 836.0 burglaries per 100,000 people. This makes Australia one of the countries with the highest number of burglaries per the 100,000 people measurement.

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