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What are Crime Rates in Michigan?

Michigan’s violent crime rate may be falling, but it remains much higher than the national average, according to FBI data.

The rate of violent crime in Michigan was 445.3 per 100,000 in 2011, meaning that there were about 445 murders, forcible rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults for every 100,000 people in the state.

That is a significant decline from the 2012 rate of 493, but the rate is still considerably higher than the national rate of 386.3.

  • The number of murders in Michigan increased from 2010 to 2011. There were 613 in 2011, compared to 580 in 2010.
  • Incidents of forcible rape declined by 400, totaling 4,347 in 2011.
  • There were 10,393 incidents of robbery, down from 11,522 in 2010.
  • Incidents of aggravated assault declined by more than 3,000, falling to 28,630 in 2011.

Property Crimes in Michigan

The 2011 property crime rate in Michigan was 2,612.1 per 100,000 people, lower than the national rate of 2,908.7. Property crimes include burglaries, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft.

  • There were 71,596 burglaries in 2011, down from 74,345 in 2010.
  • Incidents of larceny/theft declined from 169,748 in 2010 to 160,887 in 2011.
  • There were 25,496 vehicle thefts, down from 27,408.

The Most Dangerous Michigan Cities

Three Michigan cities made Business Insider’s 2011 list of the 25 Most Dangerous Cities. In fact, Michigan cities claimed the Nos. 1 and 2 spots.

  • Flint was the most violent city in America, with 49 murders per 100,000 people - five times the national rate. While the state as a whole saw a decrease in violent crime, Flint saw a 10 percent increase.
  • Detroit was close behind with 34 murders per 100,000 people, which is four times the national rate.
  • Lansing was ranked the 24th most dangerous city, with 1,101 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

According to, the safest cities or towns in Michigan are Copper City, Forestville, Grosse Pointe Shores, Chatham, Garden, Rapid River, Posen, North Adams, De Tour Village and Luther.

Do I Need a Home Security System in Michigan?

The answer to this question is largely up to you. Regardless of crime rates, bad things can happen in any community. If a home security system makes you feel safe, it is probably a wise investment.

Studies have shown that home security systems greatly decrease the likelihood of a burglary. In some communities, the chances of a break-in are virtually nil when a home is protected by a security system.

Home security systems are surprisingly affordable. Expect to spend about $1,000 to $2,000 to outfit an average-sized home with a hardwired alarm system and motion detectors. That breaks down to about $100 to $130 per entry point (doors and windows). Monitoring costs usually range from $20 to $50 per month.

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