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

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

  1. Bellows Falls
    • Population 3,042, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: Bellows Falls was inhabited by nomadic Abenaki tribes thousands of years before the Europeans, as it was once an important fishing place for the indigenous peoples.
  2. Woodstock
    • Population 2,986, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: Woodstock maintains a free wireless internet service for its community, better known as “Wireless Woodstock.”
  3. Bristol
    • Population 3,924, Burglaries 4
    • Town trivia: Bristol is home to the famous Lord Prayer’s Rock.
  4. Pittsford
    • Population 2,877, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: The opening of a Dollar General store has sparked heated debate within the Pittsford community in 2016.
  5. Williston
    • Population 9,346, Burglaries 10
    • Town trivia: In 1984, an Amtrak train boarded with 287 people hit a landslide and derailed, causing fives deaths and two injuries.
  6. Northfield
    • Population 6,090, Burglaries 7
    • Town trivia: In 2016, Sana Hamze became the first student to request a religious accomodation, to wear a hijab, at Norwich University in Northfield, one of the oldest private military colleges in the country.
  7. Vergennes
    • Population 2,597, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: Vergennes is the oldest chartered city in Vermont.
  8. Middlebury
    • Population 8,559, Burglaries 11
    • Town trivia: Snake Jailbird of “The Simpsons” is a notable alumnus of Middlebury College, having turned to a life of crime to pay his student loans.
  9. Richmond
    • Population 4,140, Burglaries 6
    • Town trivia: Richmond experienced a disastrous fire in 1908, destroying a majority of its business district.
  10. Morristown
    • Population 5,429, Burglaries 8
    • Town trivia: In Morrisville, people can borrow a bike for up to three days for use in the Morrisville Free Bik Share Program.

2016 Vermont Burglary Hot Spots

  1. Hardwick
    • Population 2,945, Burglaries 27
    • Town trivia: A former office manager of the Hardwick electric department was charged of embezzling $1.6 million over a period of 12 years.
  2. St. Albans
    • Population 6,847, Burglaries 46
    • Town trivia: St. Albans is located on the shore of Lake Champlain, where allegedly lake monster “Champ” has been sighted and photographed.
  3. Wilmington
    • Population 1,834, Burglaries 10
    • Town trivia: In 2013, Vermont’s most beloved diner, Dots, was destroyed by a tropical storm, and was rebuilt with the help of funding by the Preservation Trust of Vermont and Wilmington community.
  4. Burlington
    • Population 42,160, Burglaries 228
    • Town trivia: Ben & Jerrys was founded in Burlington at a renovated gas station in 1978.
  5. Springfield
    • Population 9,201, Burglaries 46
    • Town trivia: In 2007, the premiere of “The Simpsons Movie” was hosted in Springfield.
  6. Brattleboro
    • Population 11,696, Burglaries 58
    • Town trivia: In the movie “Super Troopers,” Lt. Arcot “Thorny” Ramathorn suggests that Brattleboro would be a good town to move to since his station will be closing.
  7. Winooski
    • Population 7,219, Burglaries 34
    • Town trivia: Winooski is the most diverse and densely populated city in the northern New England.
  8. Manchester
    • Population 4,295, Burglaries 18
    • Town trivia: Manchester is the homeplace of the Boorn-Colvin case, called “America’s first wrongful conviction murder case.”
  9. Montpelier
    • Population 7,629, Burglaries 31
    • Town trivia: Montpelier is the only state capitol without a McDonald’s.
  10. Hinesburg
    • Population 4,523, Burglaries 17
    • Town trivia: In 2008, one of Hinesburg’s biggest employers, the local Saputo cheese plant caught fire due to storage of hazardous cleaning chemicals, and in return, owed the fire dept. $500,000 due to damage of firefighting gear.

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