At Protect America, we’ve put together a list of the 10 cities in Kansas with the lowest burglary rates.

We call these cities “Burglary Safe Zones.” We’ve also made a list of the 10 cities in Kansas 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 Kansas Burglary Safe Zones

  1. Holcomb
    • Population 2,125, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Home to the famous murder case that was the plot for the feature film and novel, “In Cold Blood.”
  2. Oakley
    • Population 2,080, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: People magazine and ABC World News Tonight have featured the Palace Theatre, a community run theatre by senior students at Oakley High School.
  3. Hugoton
    • Population 3,977, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Originally named after French writer, Victor Hugo, famous for works such as “Les Misérables” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The town was later changed to Hugoton.
  4. North Newton
    • Population 1,794, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Location of Bethel College, the oldest Mennonite college in the United States.
  5. Victoria
    • Population 1,228, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Founded by a group of English and Scottish colonists in 1873 and named after Queen Victoria.
  6. Rossville
    • Population 1,136, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Founded in 1871 and named after Kansas reporter, William W. Ross.
  7. Chetopa
    • Population 1,083, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Originally named after Cheif Chetopah in the Osage language. The word means “four lodges.”
  8. Highland
    • Population 1,016, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Highland was meant to be a location for higher learning, so Highland University was founded.
  9. Lebo
    • Population 909, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 940.
  10. Wellsville
    • Population 1,813, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Wellsville is home to Chely Wright, an Academy of Country Music award-winning singer.

2016 Kansas Burglary Hot Spots

  1. Fort Scott
    • Population 7,822, Burglaries 104
    • Town trivia: The Clint Eastwood film, “The Outlaw of Josey Wales”, is based on events that took place in Fort Scott.
  2. McPherson
    • Population 13,202, Burglaries 168
    • Town trivia: The McPherson Globe Refiners basketball team was the first ever USA team to compete for gold in 1936.
  3. Parsons
    • Population 10,102, Burglaries 128
    • Town trivia: Dwayne’s Photo, the last processor of K-14 Kodachrome film, was housed in Parsons.
  4. Kingman
    • Population 3,075, Burglaries 38
    • Town trivia: Home to major league baseball players Don Lock and George Aiton.
  5. Osawatomie
    • Population 4,334, Burglaries 51
    • Town trivia: Osawatomie is a combination of the names of two main Native American Indian tribes from the area, Osage and Pottawatomie.
  6. Great Bend
    • Population 15,800, Burglaries 157
    • Town trivia: The first NHRA (championship of drag racing organization) sponsored event happened in 1955 in Great Bend. It was called “the Nationals” and took place at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
  7. Horton
    • Population 1,721, Burglaries 17
    • Town trivia: Featured on the CNBC show, “The Profit”, in 2013 in an effort to revitalize Horton’s downtown business district.
  8. Iola
    • Population 5,515, Burglaries 53
    • Town trivia: Iola is the county seat of Allen County.
  9. Oskaloosa
    • Population 1,080, Burglaries 10
    • Town trivia: Home to James Reynolds, the actor who stared in “Days of Our Lives” for over 30 years.
  10. Topeka
    • Population 127,096, Burglaries 1,176
    • Town trivia: In the Kansa-Osage language Topeka is a sentence that means “a good place to dig potatoes,” or “place where we dug potatoes.”

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