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The not-guilty verdict in the court case against Kyle Rittenhouse has ignited a debate about self-defense laws and also gun carry laws in the United States.

 

In August 2020, Rittenhouse, then 17 years old, had attended a protest that erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was paralyzed in a police shooting there. He had openly carried a semi-automatic AR-15 style rifle during the event, which he eventually fired at people accosting him, killing two people who hit him and tried to take his weapon as well as injuring one person who pointed a handgun at him.

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The jury in the case decided that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense while up against a hostile crowd that was partly armed and partly unarmed. Yet, his brandishing of a rifle had previously cast him at the center of attention as other protesters were eager to disarm him while believing, as the prosecution stated, that he was an active shooter.

 

Rittenhouse has said that he went to Kenosha to guard a car dealership that he feared would get vandalized. Wisconsin allows for anyone to carry guns openly, while the open carry of guns is completely prohibited in Rittenhouse’s home state of Illinois. Several states, especially in the Midwest and Southern United States have recently relaxed their carry laws, allowing for more open and concealed carry without the need to acquire a permit.

 

Texas recently became the 21st state which does not require permits for the open or concealed carry of firearms. The law change went into effect Sept. 1, 2021. Texas was the sixth state to enact so-called constitutional carry laws in 2021. Utah’s new law came into effect in early May. Montana followed on June 1, Iowa and Tennessee on July 1 and Arkansas in late August. Oklahoma, South Dakota and Kentucky had already done away with all carry permit requirements in 2019.

 

For many decades, Vermont was the only state with these types of laws, which is why the practice is sometimes also referred to as “Vermont carry.”  In 2011, Wyoming was the first state to enact or re-introduce similar laws.

 

Throughout the U.S., there are nine states requiring permits for open and concealed carry. Another five (plus Washington D.C.) require permits for concealed carry and prohibit the open carry of most guns. 15 states allow the open carry of guns without a permit while requiring one for concealed carry (no states do it the other way around).

 

This article originally appeared on Statista.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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The most crime-ridden cities in the US

 

The chance of being a victim of property crime has fallen. An analysis of the FBI’s most recent data indicates that the average property crime rate nationwide dropped from 24.8 incidents per 1,000 people in 2015 to 20.3 in 2019.

 

That’s an average rate of 22.7 per 1,000 people during that period.

 

But the broad decline in property crime didn’t always translate to the same decrease locally. In fact, property crime was more common in 2019 than in 2015 in 2,109 cities with a population of at least 6,415.

 

Additionally, ValuePenguin found four cities with property crime rates higher than 100 cases per 1,000 residents, including Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where people are 455% more likely than average to be victims of this crime.

 

Crime rates also tend to be higher in the country’s largest cities. In cities with at least 100,000 residents, property crime rates are 36% greater than average. At the same time, though, 27% of these 190 cities — including New York — have crime rates that don’t exceed the national average.

 

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People living in the U.S. were subject to lower property crime rates from 2015 to 2019. Each year, the rate of cases per 1,000 people fell. Property crime — ValuePenguin researchers included burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson, though the latter is only inconsistently counted by the FBI — occurred at a rate of 24.8 cases per 1,000 people in 2015 but dropped to 20.3 per 1,000 in 2019.

 

The average property crime rate during the last five years for which data was available (2015 to 2019) was 22.7 cases per 1,000 people.

While national numbers improved, figures at the local level varied. In all, property crime rates went up in 2,109 cities. At the end of the five years that researchers examined, 210 cities had property crime rates at least two times greater than the national average. Four of these cities had crime rates that exceeded 100 cases per 1,000 residents, or 1 in 10.

 

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ValuePenguin analyzed crime data for cities included in the FBI’s Crime in the U.S. database that had populations of at least 6,415 residents — the median of the dataset — in 2019.

 

Further, ValuePenguin’s study only includes cities with five years of data to avoid analyzing data in cities or states that implemented new ways of tracking crime data partway through the duration of the focus period.

 

Below are the cities ranked from least to most crime.

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Moundsville
  • Rate: 27.3
  • City with lowest crime rate: Weirton
  • Rate: 10.1

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Newport
  • Rate: 27.4
  • City with lowest crime rate: Glocester
  • Rate: 3.4

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Elko
  • Rate: 29.3
  • City with lowest crime rate: Boulder City
  • Rate: 9

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Lewiston
  • Rate: 32.4
  • City with lowest crime rate: Hailey
  • Rate: 4.1

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Mandan
  • Rate: 33.1
  • City with lowest crime rate: West Fargo
  • Rate: 14.4

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Mitchell
  • Rate: 36
  • City with lowest crime rate: Brandon
  • Rate: 3.4

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Laconia
  • Rate: 36.2
  • City with lowest crime rate: Sandown
  • Rate: 3.4

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Omaha
  • Rate: 36.7
  • City with lowest crime rate: Bellevue
  • Rate: 18.1

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Waterville
  • Rate: 37
  • City with lowest crime rate: Wells
  • Rate: 8.8

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Hartford
  • Rate: 38
  • City with lowest crime rate: Weston
  • Rate: 2.3

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Riverton
  • Rate: 44.7
  • City with lowest crime rate: Green River
  • Rate: 9.5

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Holyoke
  • Rate: 45
  • City with lowest crime rate: Wayland
  • Rate: 0.3

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Missoula
  • Rate: 46.2
  • City with lowest crime rate: Miles City
  • Rate: 21.6

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Evansville
  • Rate: 47.3
  • City with lowest crime rate: Carmel
  • Rate: 8.5

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: South Strabane Township
  • Rate: 48.7
  • City with lowest crime rate: Spring Township
  • Rate: 3

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Wichita
  • Rate: 53.8
  • City with lowest crime rate: Lansing
  • Rate: 9.8

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Pikeville
  • Rate: 54
  • City with lowest crime rate: Flatwoods
  • Rate: 3.3

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Portsmouth
  • Rate: 55.1
  • City with lowest crime rate: Purcellville
  • Rate: 4.9

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Seaford
  • Rate: 55.4
  • City with lowest crime rate: Newark
  • Rate: 20.2

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Wasilla
  • Rate: 56.1
  • City with lowest crime rate: North Slope Borough
  • Rate: 9.4

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Lakewood-Busti
  • Rate: 56.3
  • City with lowest crime rate: Highlands
  • Rate: 1

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Page
  • Rate: 56.6
  • City with lowest crime rate: Florence
  • Rate: 4.8

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Muskegon Heights
  • Rate: 56.6
  • City with lowest crime rate: Kinross
  • Rate: 1.9

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Roseburg
  • Rate: 57.8
  • City with lowest crime rate: Umatilla
  • Rate: 9

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Idabel
  • Rate: 58.9
  • City with lowest crime rate: Piedmont
  • Rate: 4.2

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: St. Albans
  • Rate: 59.4
  • City with lowest crime rate: Shelburne
  • Rate: 8.3

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Little Rock
  • Rate: 65.9
  • City with lowest crime rate: Greenwood
  • Rate: 4.3

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Oak Brook
  • Rate: 66
  • City with lowest crime rate: Campton Hills
  • Rate: 2

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Elkton
  • Rate: 66.7
  • City with lowest crime rate: Ocean Pines
  • Rate: 6

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Chehalis
  • Rate: 67.1
  • City with lowest crime rate: Duvall
  • Rate: 5.4

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Lone Tree
  • Rate: 68.7
  • City with lowest crime rate: Milliken
  • Rate: 5.9

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: D’Iberville
  • Rate: 71.3
  • City with lowest crime rate: Madison
  • Rate: 9.3

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Gallup
  • Rate: 71.9
  • City with lowest crime rate: Corrales
  • Rate: 8.5

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Monona
  • Rate: 73
  • City with lowest crime rate: Oconomowoc
  • Rate: 1.7

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Salt Lake City
  • Rate: 75.5
  • City with lowest crime rate: Pleasant Grove
  • Rate: 7.3

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Chillicothe
  • Rate: 75.5
  • City with lowest crime rate: Olmsted
  • Rate: 3.2

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Commerce
  • Rate: 86.7
  • City with lowest crime rate: Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Rate: 6.1

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Newport
  • Rate: 87
  • City with lowest crime rate: Signal Mountain
  • Rate: 4.6

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Waite Park
  • Rate: 88.5
  • City with lowest crime rate: Big Lake
  • Rate: 6.5

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Lake Park
  • Rate: 89.7
  • City with lowest crime rate: Weston
  • Rate: 5.5

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Bastrop
  • Rate: 100.6
  • City with lowest crime rate: Harahan
  • Rate: 11.9

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Humble
  • Rate: 101
  • City with lowest crime rate: Prairie View
  • Rate: 5

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Branson
  • Rate: 116.6
  • City with lowest crime rate: O’Fallon
  • Rate: 11.5

 

 

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  • City with highest crime rate: Myrtle Beach
  • Rate: 126
  • City with lowest crime rate: Bluffton
  • Rate: 14.1

 

 

 

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ValuePenguin’s analysis of property crime rates shows that the average number of cases in cities with at least 100,000 residents is 30.9 per 1,000 people. While this is more than a third higher than the national property crime rate, 27% of large cities with more than 100,000 people (190 in this study) have lower rates than average.

 

Carmel, Indiana, has the lowest property crime rate of any of the country’s most populated cities. There are 8.5 cases for every 1,000 people, 63% less than the national average and 73% less than the average for large cities. It’s the only city with a crime rate that’s at least 70% less than average. From 2015 to 2019, Carmel experienced 1.4 fewer property crime cases per 1,000 people.

 

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Of the most populated cities in the country, Springfield, Missouri, has the highest average property crime rate (79.9 cases per 1,000). This is 252% more than the national average of 22.7 cases per 1,000. Springfield and Salt Lake City are the only cities that researchers found with property crime rates three times higher than the national average.

 

The largest cities tend to be more likely to have higher crime rates than average. The FBI had five years of consecutive data for 56 of the top 100 most populated cities in the country — unfortunately, data limitations mean that large cities like Houston, Philadelphia and Dallas had to be excluded from this study.

 

Of these cities, just 15 had lower-than-average property crime rates. New York — the largest city in the country — has a crime rate that’s 35% less than average. Property crime is also 14% less frequent than average in San Diego.

 

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From 2015 to 2019, thieves made off with an average of $2,511 worth of items per burglary. Apart from the value of stolen property, victims of burglaries could experience an increased cost of home insurance after making a claim for lost property.

 

Although the average rate increases following a burglary claim are highest in Mississippi, its crime rate is the 16th-highest in the country. In fact, there isn’t a clear correlation between a state’s property crime (especially its ranking relative to the rest of the country) and the percent rates go up after a claim.

 

For example, Idaho — which ranks 48th, at 1,220 thefts per 100,000 residents — experiences the second-highest surcharges after a claim. On the other hand, Hawaiians are charged 11% more after a burglary, despite ranking seventh for frequency.

 

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While the rate at which premiums increased after a break-in differed, every state experienced some degree of higher costs. This is because thefts are one factor that insurers use to set insurance rates.

 

In areas with more burglaries, rates tend to be more expensive since insurers take on more risk when writing a policy. Fortunately, there are some ways that consumers can reduce the cost of their home or renters insurance coverage.

 

Home insurance companies often offer discounts to customers who have outfitted their homes with security or theft prevention technology.

 

Homeowners or renters who live in a property with security systems, burglar alarms or surveillance cameras often receive lower rates than others. But one can also get discounts from lower-tech options, such as thicker windows and stronger locks or doors.

 

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ValuePenguin collected property crime data from the FBI’s Crime in the U.S. annual database. Researchers aggregated this data from 2015 to 2019 in cities with at least 6,415 residents (the median figure in 2019), and where uniform data was made available by the FBI across all five years of this study’s purview.

 

This was an effort to avoid the pitfalls of analyzing inconsistently recorded data. This means that states where data isn’t available for five consecutive years aren’t included in this study. These states are:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina

Data for the largest American cities examines property crime rates in places with at least 100,000 residents, per 2020 U.S. Census estimates. Our inclusion of cities was also based on available data.

 

Researchers also compared the cost of home insurance before and after a burglary. Rates reflect a single claim made in the last 12 months for property loss equaling $2,500, which coincides with the average loss from a burglary, according to the FBI.

 

ValuePenguin’s analysis used insurance rate data from Quadrant Information Services. These rates were publicly sourced from insurer filings and should be used for comparative purposes only, as your quotes may be different.

 

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