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Crime in Michigan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article refers to crime in the U.S. state of Michigan.

State statistics

Crime in Michigan, 2010
Population Violent crime Murder and
nonnegligent manslaughter
Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Property crime Burglary Larceny-theft Motor vehicle theft
Total crimes (9,883,640) 48,460 567 4,673 11,493 31,727 268,201 73,868 166,980 27,353
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 490.3 5.7 47.3 116.3 321.0 2,713.6 747.4 1,689 276.8
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report, 2010

By location

Crime statistics in Michigan vary widely by location. For example, Dearborn has a murder rate of only 2.1 per 100,000 while sharing borders with Detroit (43.5 per 100,000) and Inkster (24.2 per 100,000), some of the highest rates in the state.[1]


Crime in the city of Detroit is pervasive and violent. Detroit had the 2nd highest violent crime rate in the nation in 2015 among cities with a population greater than 50,000.[2] In 2013, with only 7% of the state population, the city of Detroit had 50% of all murders recorded in Michigan.[3]

Detroit recorded 295 homicides in 2015 down from the recent high of 386 in 2012.[4] The number of homicides peaked in 1974 at 714 and again in 1991 with 615. By the end of 2010, the homicide count fell to 308 for the year with an estimated population of just over 900,000, the lowest count and rate since 1967.[5][6] According to a 2007 analysis, Detroit officials noted that about 65 to 70 percent of homicides in the city were confined to a narcotics catalyst.[7]

The city has faced many cases of arson each year on Devil's Night, the evening before Halloween. The Angel's Night campaign, launched in the late 1990s, draws many volunteers to patrol the streets during Halloween week. The effort reduced arson: while there were 810 fires set in 1984, this was reduced to 742 in 1996.[8] In recent years, fires on this three-night period have dropped even further. In 2009, the Detroit Fire Department reported 119 fires over this period, of which 91 were classified as suspected arsons.[9]


The city of Flint has recorded murder rates higher than those of Detroit in some years. For example, in 2013 Flint had a murder rate of 48 per 100,000 compared to Detroit's 45.[3] Flint's population fell below 100,000 and it is no longer tracked among the statistics of major cities.

Benton Harbor

The small city of Benton Harbor, population 10,000, had the highest total crime rate and highest property crime rate in Michigan in 2012. Its murder rate was the third highest in the state.[10]

Grand Rapids

The second-largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids recorded a murder rate of 5.1 per 100,000 in 2015 which was similar to the US average of 4.9 per 100,000.[11][12] The overall crime rate declined by one-third between 2003 and 2011.[13]

Grand Rapids set a record with 38 homicides in 2020.[14]


In 2008, Michigan had 571 state and local law enforcement agencies.[15] Those agencies employed a total of 26,395 staff.[15] Of the total staff, 19,009 were sworn officers (defined as those with general arrest powers).[15]

Police ratio

In 2008, Michigan had 190 police officers per 100,000 residents.[15]

Capital punishment laws

Capital punishment is not applied in this state.[16] Capital punishment was banned early in state history and no executions were ever carried out by state authorities.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Detroit 2nd in the U.S. In violent crime rate, Flint 11th, FBI 2015 stats show". 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b FBI data: Michigan's crime rates drop but Detroit remains among nation's most dangerous cities, mlive, Kyle Feldscher, November 10, 2014
  4. ^ "Crime in Detroit, Michigan (MI): Murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map".
  5. ^ Murders fell 15% in Detroit last year, by George Hunter / The Detroit News, published January 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Detroit homicides fall to lowest level since 1967, by Suzette Hackney, Gina Damron and Kristi Tanner-White, Free Press Staff Writers, published January 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Page D-1". The Michigan Chronicle. 15 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  8. ^ Urban Community Intervention to Prevent Halloween Arson - Detroit, Michigan, 1985-1996 (April 11, 1997)[permanent dead link]. CDC Wonder at
  9. ^ Detroit fires drop over 3-day Halloween period Archived March 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Associated Press, Published 2 November 2009
  10. ^ These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places In Michigan, movato, Natalie Grigson
  11. ^ "Crime in Grand Rapids, Michigan (MI): Murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2017-05-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Grand Rapids area crime drops, but does it mean fewer officers are needed?, mlive, John Tunison, August 26, 2013
  14. ^ "Mourning most violent year, West Michigan seeks answers". 2021-03-12. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  15. ^ a b c d "U.S. Department of Justice, Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008, p.15" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  16. ^ "Facts about capital punishment - the death penalty". Retrieved 13 April 2017.

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