Property crime, or non-violent crime, is currently the biggest criminal issue plaguing the nation by far, with larceny and theft coming in a distant but solid second. The rate of motor vehicle theft, on the other hand, has declined sharply since the early 2000s. Crime prevention specialists credit this to the sophisticated security devices installed on many new cars, such as alarm systems, GPS devices, and ignition immobilizers. .
Regarding rates of recorded crime, Cambridge, Massachusetts ranked as the most peaceful metropolitan area in the United States in 2012, while Detroit, Michigan ranked as least peaceful. Louisiana’s crime rates earned it the title of least peaceful U.S. state, with New Orleans, the state’s largest and most well-known city, ranking just behind Detroit as the second least-peaceful city in the country. The District of Columbia reported the highest rate of violent crime of any state in 2012.