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Troy has lowest violent crime rate per resident in state

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 21, 2015

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According to 2014 FBI violent crime statistics, Troy has the lowest number of violent crimes in the state.

The formula used was based on the number of violent crimes committed per 50,000 residents.

For example, the number of violent crimes per 50,000 residents was 994 in Detroit, 84 in Sterling Heights, 82 in Ann Arbor, 63 in Royal Oak, 62 in Shelby Township, 58 in Farmington Hills and 37.8 in West Bloomfield Township.

There were 50 violent crimes reported in Troy in 2014, and with a population of 83,279, that puts the number of violent crimes per 50,000 residents at 30, the lowest in Michigan.

Violent crime includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer said crime data analyst Benjamin Nelms shared the analysis with the Troy City Council at the Oct. 12 meeting. 

Mayer credited Troy Youth Assistance, the Troy Community Coalition, the council and police for the low violent crime rate.

“We pride ourselves on our high visibility,” Mayer said, adding that police are doing more traffic stops, which combined with high visibility, reduces crime.

“We’re involved with many multijurisdictional task forces. We make sure we’re utilizing our people in the best way we can by partnering with other local agencies, state agencies and federal agencies to get the most we can,” he said.

He noted that there has been an increase in financial crimes and fraud-type crimes. 

Mayer said a business has donated four credit card readers to police that may be plugged into the bottom of a smartphone.

“What that allows us to do is to read the magnetic strips on a credit card, and we can tell if somebody is in fraudulent possession of a credit card. We’ve had pretty good luck doing that.”

Nelms told the council that law enforcement agencies send crime statistics directly to the FBI.

He explained that the police use the data regarding days and times when crimes occur to allocate resources.

“So if we have a spike in crime at midnight, we don’t want to put most of our officers on the road at 8 p.m.,” Nelms said. “We want to make sure we’re doing the coverage for the calls for service where they occur, when they occur.”

Mayor Dane Slater pointed out that the statistics were not fabricated to make the city look good.

“Ours are official FBI statistics,” he said.

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