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Crime in Michigan

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 in Detroit, Michigan is pervasive and violent. Detroit had the highest violent crime rate in the nation in 2010.[1] FBI reports for 2012 show that Detroit had the second highest violent crime rate among medium-to-large sized cities in the nation.[2]

Detroit recorded 308 criminal homicides in 2010, a 15.4% drop from the previous years count of 364. Non-fatal shootings were also down 10.5% from the previous year.[3]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]


In 2008, Michigan had 571 State and local law enforcement agencies.[8] Those agencies employed a total of 26,395 staff.[8] Of the total staff, 19,009 were sworn officers (defined as those with general arrest powers).[8]

Police ratio

In 2008, Michigan had 190 police officers per 100,000 residents.[8]

Capital Punishment laws

Capital punishment is not applied in this state.[9]

See also


  1. ^ United States cities by crime rate
  2. ^ AlHajal, Khalil (June 13, 2012)
  3. ^ a b Murders fell 15% in Detroit last year, by George Hunter / The Detroit News, published January 4, 2011.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Shelton, Steve Malik (2008-01-30). Top cop urges vigilance against crime. Michigan Chronicle. Retrieved on 2008-03-17 from
  6. ^ Urban Community Intervention to Prevent Halloween Arson - Detroit, Michigan, 1985-1996 (April 11, 1997). CDC Wonder at
  7. ^ Detroit fires drop over 3-day Halloween period, Associated Press, Published 2 November 2009
  8. ^ a b c d U.S. Department of Justice, Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008, p.15
  9. ^

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