These major cities have the highest home burglary rates

September 22nd, 2021 – Krefeld had the highest burglary rate in relation to the number of inhabitants of all 82 cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants in 2020. The burglary rate here was around three times higher than the national average and even nine times higher than in Jena with the lowest Klaurate. The awareness rate in the city with the best score was around six times higher than in the one with the lowest. This is illustrated by the current data from the police crime statistics.

Last year, 75,023 completed or attempted break-ins were reported to the police across Germany. Around half of the offenses, namely 36,385 cases, occurred in the 82 large cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. This proves the current Police crime statistics 2020 (PKS 2020) of Federal Criminal Police Office.

The PKS also shows that there are considerable differences between the major cities both in the number of burglaries in relation to the number of residents and in the rate of clearing up.

Krefeld has the highest burglary rate

Across Germany, the average Klaurate last year was 90 apartment burglaries per 100,000 inhabitants. In 48 large cities, the burglary rate was higher and therefore worse, in 34 cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants it was better than the national average.

Almost three times as many break-ins in proportion to the number of inhabitants than in Germany were there in Krefeld with a Klaurate of 254 and in Bonn with 245 break-ins per 100,000 inhabitants.

The following large cities also had a house burglary rate that was 2.0 to 2.5 times higher than nationwide: Bremerhaven (Klaurate: 222), Bremen (221), Düsseldorf (213), Saarbrücken (212), Oberhausen (209), Duisburg (197), Aachen (194), Berlin (193), Essen (188), Hamburg (186) and Cologne (183).

Lower risk cities

In contrast, the risk of falling victim to a burglary in a number of large cities was not even half the national average. These include Koblenz, Pforzheim and Rostock (Klaurate 43 each), Würzburg and Ingolstadt (41), Ulm (36), Augsburg (34), Reutlingen and Heilbronn (29) and Jena (28).

In Krefeld, the proportion of burglaries per 100,000 inhabitants was more than nine times as high as in Jena.

Lowest burglary rates (Image: Zwick)

Würzburg is the front runner when it comes to the clearance rate

The police clearance rate is also different depending on the city. Across Germany, an average of 17.6 percent of home burglaries, and thus almost every sixth case, were cleared up by the police. Incidentally, the clearance rate in Duisburg was just as high.

In contrast, 36 large cities had an above-average clear-up rate. In the majority of cities with at least 100,000 inhabitants, namely in 45 large cities, proportionally fewer burglaries were investigated than the national average.

Würzburg had the highest clear-up rate with 37.7, Kaiserslautern with 36.1 and Reutlingen with 35.3 percent. In these cities, more than every third reported burglary was cleared by the police.

The law enforcement authorities also achieved a particularly high clearance rate in the following cities: Chemnitz (31.3 percent), Kassel (31.3), Heidelberg (30.5), Remscheid (29.4), Braunschweig (28.6), Mannheim (27.9), Munich (27.8), Darmstadt (27.1) and Heilbronn (27.0).

Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Ulm bring up the rear

In twelve large cities, however, the police did not even succeed in identifying the perpetrators of every tenth home burglary offense. In Moers, Cologne, Erlangen, Bochum, Kiel, Essen and Freiburg im Breisgau, for example, the clearance rate was between 8.1 and 9.8 percent.

The awareness rate was particularly low in Leverkusen (7.7 percent), Bremen (7.5), Düsseldorf (6.8), Hamburg (6.7) and Ulm (6.5). In Ulm, only about every 15th case was cleared up. Würzburg thus has a six times higher clearance rate than Ulm.

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