Data has been released from the Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation – National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) 2022 Crime Data Explorer, and the city of Sterling Heights is once again noted as the safest big city (over 100,000 population) in Michigan. Sterling Heights was ranked safest among these communities in both total property crimes and violent crimes, as well as safest overall.
Sterling Heights recorded the lowest violent crime rate among all Michigan communities over 100,000 population at 254 total violent crimes for the year, which is 17% lower than Dearborn, 41% lower than Ann Arbor and 161% lower than Warren. Sterling Heights also recorded the lowest property crime rate among all Michigan communities over 100,000 population at 2,616 for the year, which is 18% lower than Dearborn, 22% lower than Ann Arbor and 50% lower than Warren.
Sterling Heights is already one of the safest cities in the nation among cities with populations over 100,000. These most recent FBI crime statistics show a continued trend of safety in Sterling Heights.
“Sterling Heights is a safe city, but that’s not just a label, it’s a way of life,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor. “We see it in the unwavering commitment of our community - from city officials to residents to our dedicated law enforcement officers. We will continue to prioritize the well-being and security of everyone in our city where safety and prosperity go hand in hand.”
The City’s most recent resident survey from 2021 revealed 97% of respondents said they feel safe in their neighborhood during the day and 86% are satisfied with the overall quality of police protection in Sterling Heights, which is 16% above the regional average and 23% higher than the national average. In addition, 75% are satisfied with the City’s efforts to prevent crime, and 74% are satisfied with the quality of their interaction with the Sterling Heights Police Department.
“I’m so proud of every single Sterling heights Police Officer that has dedicated their career, passion and expertise to help ensure Sterling Heights continues to be an incredibly safe city to raise a family or own a business,” said Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski. “And the work we’ve done through our directed patrol units and community services bureau is helping keep us the safest big city in the state by engaging residents to collaborate with us and sending the message that we don’t tolerate crime in our community. We’re all working together to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.”
Over the past few years, several factors have helped control crime in Sterling Heights:
NIBRS 2022 Crime Data Explorer is a statistical compilation of offense, arrest, and police employee data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI’s crime reporting program. The FBI collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding violent crimes and property crimes. Data and Sterling Heights’ ranking compared to similar sized cities in Michigan come from the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Data Explorer NIBRS 2022 Crime Table and appear below.
Total Violent crimes
Murder/Non Neg Manslaughter
Total Property Crimes
Larceny – Theft
Motor Vehicle Theft