crime scene tape

(photo: dreamstime)

3 Michigan Cities Top Most Dangerous In America

Detroit and Fllint among the cities noted

May 07, 2018 - 11:53 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - It's another hit for communities already hard-hit. 

Flint is among the cities named by Alarms.org and the National Council for Home Safety and Security National Trade Association as the most violent communities in the U.S. 

Flint comes in at No. 5 for its per average rate of violent crime per 100,000 people -- Detroit at No. 6 and Saginaw City at No. 7. 

Aside from the crime - the city of Flint has been overwhelmed dealing with their water crisis - stemming from Gov. Rick Snyder's efforts to cut costs and switch Flint's water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage to the Flint River - resulting in the lead poisoning of children all over the city and negatively affecting the health of adults -- including deaths resulting from Legionnaires Disease. 

The study cites certain commonalities within the most violent communities including poverty, unemployment, and communities continuing to reel from the effects of industrialization and the shift from the U.S. economy from manufacturing to service.

On the positive side, Michigan has quite a few communities that are very safe.

At No. 1 is Grosse Ile Township, a town of 10,123 that recorded only two violent crimes and 15 property crimes in the latest year for which data is available. These excellent numbers render the town one of the safest in the nation and top five overall in communities exceeding 10,000 in population.

The FBI statistics for crime across the country, with the latest figures from 2016, show: 

There were an estimated 1,248,185 violent crimes nationwide, an increase of 4.1 percent from the 2015 estimate. 
(When considering 5- and 10-year trends, the 2016 estimated violent crime total was 2.6 percent above the 2012 level and 12.3 percent below the 2007 level). 

There were an estimated 386.3 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016, a rate that rose 3.4 percent when compared with the 2015 estimated violent crime rate. 

Aggravated assaults accounted for 64.3 percent of violent crimes reported to law enforcement in 2016. Robbery offenses accounted for 26.6 percent of violent crime offenses; rape (legacy definition) accounted for 7.7 percent; and murder accounted for 1.4 percent. 

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting database was consulted and crime reports were used by Alarms.org for the years 2010-2014 (the most recent years available) for multiple jurisdictions. This database is restricted to agencies that serve at least 10,000 people. After eliminating data for any jurisdiction that was purely “regional” (not a municipality), not present at least 3 of the 5 years, or with multiple missing entries, 3,482 towns/cities remained for analysis.