At Protect America, we’ve put together a list of the 10 cities in Illinois with the lowest burglary rates. We call these cities “Burglary Safe Zones.” We’ve also made a list of the 10 cities in Illinois with the highest burglary rates. We call these cities “Burglary Hot Spots.”

Our lists are based on data from the recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. We only counted cities that submitted burglary data.


2016 Illinois Burglary Safe Zones

  1. Waterloo
    • Population 10,224, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Waterloo was founded in 1818.
  2. Gilberts
    • Population 7,727, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Gilberts was incorporated in 1890.
  3. Spring Grove
    • Population 5,712, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: The world’s first modern grain silo, which was made out of wood and upright, was invented and built in Spring Grove in 1873.
  4. Barrington Hills
    • Population 4,269, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Barrington Hills is prominent horse-raising community.
  5. Bartlett
    • Population 41,725, Burglaries 10
    • Town trivia: Bartlett has one of the largest Little League programs in the US.
  6. Palatine
    • Population 69,583, Burglaries 18
    • Town trivia: Guitarist Ted Nugent grew up in Palatine.
  7. Indian Head Park
    • Population 3,846, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: The first Democratic Convention of Cook County was held in Indian Head Park in 1835.
  8. Palos Heights
    • Population 12,616, Burglaries 4
    • Town trivia: The co-writer of Madonna’s hit Material Girl, Peter Brown, is from Palos Heights.
  9. La Grange Park
    • Population 13,685, Burglaries 5
    • Town trivia: La Grange Park’s motto is “Village of Roses.”
  10. Inverness
    • Population 7,639, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: Inverness’s motto is “the village with a heritage.”

2016 Illinois Burglary Hot Spots

  1. McCook
    • Population 232, Burglaries 7
    • Town trivia: McCook is the small city in Cook County by population.
  2. Sauget
    • Population 152, Burglaries 4
    • Town trivia: Sauget is home to the minor league baseball team, the Gateway Grizzlies.
  3. Danville
    • Population 32,056, Burglaries 705
    • Town trivia: Gene Hackman was raised in Danville.
  4. Cairo
    • Population 2,519, Burglaries 51
    • Town trivia: In Huckleberry Finn, a runaway slave named Jim attempts to get to Cairo to gain his freedom.
  5. Henning
    • Population 246, Burglaries 4
    • Town trivia: Henning was incorporated in 1903.
  6. Hoopeston
    • Population 5,236, Burglaries 77
    • Town trivia: In Hoopeston, the school mascot is the Cornjerkers.
  7. Harvey
    • Population 25,361, Burglaries 361
    • Town trivia: An abandoned mall in Harvey is the shooting location of the mall car chase scene in “The Blues Brothers.”
  8. Mount Vernon
    • Population 15,154, Burglaries 196
    • Town trivia: Mount Vernon is known as “The King City.”
  9. Phoenix
    • Population 1,970, Burglaries 25
    • Town trivia: Phoenix is only .45 square miles large.
  10. Eldorado
    • Population 4,061, Burglaries 50
    • Town trivia: Eldorado’s town name was originally Elder-Reado.

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