FBI: Houston had most burglaries in US in 2011

Published On: Jan 04 2013 04:48:09 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 04 2013 06:16:35 PM CST

Recently released data from the FBI reveals Houston had more burglaries in 2011 than any other city in the country.

In 2011, Houston police reported 27,459 burglaries of homes and businesses, beating out Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix and even New York City, which reported 18,159.

The numbers do not include car break-ins.

It's a staggering number, but Houston police said those statistics don't tell the whole story.
An HPD representative provided numbers that show home and business burglaries in Houston have dropped every year since 2009.

KPRC Local 2 wanted to talk with someone from the FBI about the numbers, but a representative said it doesn't encourage ranking or analyzing the crime statistics. Instead, that representative directed the station to a page on its website about why it discourages rankings.

"These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction.  Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents," the page stated.

The FBI said some factors that are known to affect the volume and type of crime occurring from place to place are: