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

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

  1. Grafton
    • Population 5,209, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Mother Day’s was founded in Grafton on May 10, 1908.
  2. Bethlehem
    • Population 2,429, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Bethlehem is a village in Ohio County, West Virginia.
  3. Winfield
    • Population 2,340, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Winfield was named after commanding general Winfield Scott of the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War.
  4. McMechen
    • Population 1,852, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: McMechen is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia.
  5. West Liberty
    • Population 1,607, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Thomas Ewing, former first Secretary of the Interior, was born and raised in West Liberty.
  6. Benwood
    • Population 1,369, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: The first steel pipe in the U.S. was produced at the Benwood Works during the 1880’s.
  7. Lewisburg
    • Population 3,966, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Lewisburg was voted “America’s Coolest Small Town” in 2011.
  8. Philippi
    • Population 3,307, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: Philippi was the scene of the first on land battle of the U.S. Civil War.
  9. Belington
    • Population 1,950, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Bellington has had two name changes, originally known as Barker Settlement, then Yeagers, and finally Belington.
  10. Charles Town
    • Population 5,816, Burglaries 7
    • Town trivia: Abolitionist John Brown was hanged in Charles Town at the Gibson-Todd House for treason.
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2016 West Virginia Burglary Hot Spots

  1. Beckley
    • Population 17,137, Burglaries 319
    • Town trivia: During the presidential primaries of the 1960’s, the vehicles of rivals JFK and Hubert Humphrey stopped at the same street corner in Beckley, and after recgonizing each other, the two got out to chat briefly.
  2. Charleston
    • Population 50,176, Burglaries 747
    • Town trivia: The first brick street in the world was laid in Charleston.
  3. Parkersburg
    • Population 30,885, Burglaries 320
    • Town trivia: Parkersburg is the headquarters of the Eastern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
  4. South Charleston
    • Population 13,143, Burglaries 117
    • Town trivia: The first salt well was created in South Charleston in 1806.
  5. St. Albans
    • Population 10,786, Burglaries 91
    • Town trivia: George Washington’s nephew, Samuel Washington, is bured in the Bangor Cemetery in St. Albans.
  6. Princeton
    • Population 6,353, Burglaries 53
    • Town trivia: Princeton’s twin town is Yoshkar-Ola, Mari El, Russia.
  7. Dunbar
    • Population 7,711, Burglaries 56
    • Town trivia: Dunbar was granted to George Washington for his military service and named after Mary Dunbar after inheriting it from Washington.
  8. Vienna
    • Population 10,515, Burglaries 69
    • Town trivia: The drinking water supply of Vienna was polluted with PFOA by DuPont chemical company.
  9. Martinsburg
    • Population 17,861, Burglaries 116
    • Town trivia: Confederate spy Isabelle Boyd sent information to Confederate general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson from Martinsburg, often being helped by a family slave.
  10. Barboursville
    • Population 4,230, Burglaries 27
    • Town trivia: Barboursville was founded in 1813 by an Act of the Virginia Assembly.


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