Finding a safe place to live is of great importance, and Michigan has plenty of safe areas. Of course, there are always areas that experience more burglaries and break-ins than others. So, just how common are burglaries in Michigan? The crew at WJMN (UpMatters.com) has analyzed some federal statistics to determine the Michigan counties with the highest burglary rates.
“FBI data from 2021 shows how many recorded burglaries or breaking-and-entering reports took place in a given county,” UpMatters.com explains. “The FBI’s crime data explorer allows users to search crime statistics based on the location, agency type, state, year, and type of crime. For this story, we will be focusing on recorded burglaries in a given county.”
In addition, UpMatters.com looked at metropolitan counties in Michigan. So, what qualifies as metropolitan? According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, metropolitan counties have an “urbanized area of 50,000 or more population, or are adjacent to such a county and linked to it based on a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties.”
So, which Michigan county has the No. 1 most burglaries? Let’s start at No. 5, which is Berrien county with 125 burglaries. Then, No. 4 is Washtenaw (248), followed by Kalamazoo at No. 3 (295) and Ottawa at No. 2 (360). The county with the No. 1 most burglaries is Kent, which is on the west side of the state. According to UpMatters.com, most of those Kent county burglaries happened during the daytime at a residential location. Find more information and the full list of the Michigan cities with the most burglaries here.