This post was originally published on January 24, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

In 2018, there were nearly 250,000 complaints of theft in the United States.

Homeowners must learn to be prepared for the worst by taking necessary security precautions—especially if they live in areas prone to crime.

Below, we overview the top 10 most dangerous states in the U.S. and how homeowners can protect themselves.

The Most Dangerous States

Burglaries happen all over the U.S., but some states experience more due to population, poverty levels, businesses and industries, laws and overall access to security equipment. According to World Atlas, these are the top ten most dangerous states in the U.S. based on crime rates.

  1. Alaska
  2. New Mexico
  3. Nevada
  4. Tennessee
  5. Louisiana
  6. Arkansas
  7. Alabama
  8. Missouri
  9. Delaware
  10. South Carolina

The top ten list is ever-evolving. If you or someone you know lives in a high-crime area, be aware of modern security solutions.

How Residents Can Ramp Up Security

While you may not have control over all the factors that lead to crimes in your area, you can take measures to reduce risk. Examples include:

For more information on how to protect your home, contact a security professional today.