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Like any state, Michigan has some areas that you have to be careful around. So, what’s the most common Michigan crime?

A new study lists the most commonly reported crimes in Michigan. The study, conducted by criminal defense law firm Jorge Vela Law, looked at the latest statistics from the United States Bureau of Justice to find out which crimes had the highest number of reported incidents in Michigan in 2021.

Discussing the data, Jorge Vela, who did the research, said in a statement, “This data provides a fascinating insight into crime in the U.S. While incidents and charges may vary from state to state based on demographics and local laws, it is important to know which crimes are most prevalent in one’s area in order to know what security measures to take.”

Michigan Crime

So, what’s No 1 in Michigan? The most commonly reported crime in Michigan is simple assault. In Michigan, there were 82,958 reported incidents in 2021 alone. As for the No. 2 most commonly reported crime in Michigan, that’s destruction, damage, and vandalism of property with 47,251 reported incidents. No. 3 is all other larceny, followed by aggravated assault (yikes!) and, to round out the top five, drugs & narcotics violations. The latter refers to crimes involving the use, possession, distribution, trafficking and manufacture/cultivation of controlled drugs. That’s quite a list of common crimes. It makes sense to me that these would top the list. Find more information via the website for criminal defense law firm Jorge Vela Law.

Michigan's Most Violent Cities - List

  • 56. Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids is often considered one of Michigan’s nicest big cities, but it also has some dangerous spots. It’s actually Michigan’s second largest city, behind Detroit, but it is much smaller than the Motor City. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 1,929.

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  • 50. Battle Creek

    Battle Creek often appears on these lists of the most violent cities in Michigan. The city is located in a beautiful area of Michigan on the west side of the state, not far from Kalamazoo, but has a few sketchy spots. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 614.

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  • 48. Flint

    People often think that Flint is the most dangerous city in Michigan, but it’s far from it, according to this new report. It’s No. 48 in America. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 982.


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  • 44. Flint Township

    Flint and Flint Township are obviously close together, and both fall next to each other on the list of the most dangerous cities in Michigan and America. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 320. If you add that to Flint, you can see why the area is considered somewhere to be careful.

  • 42. Jackson

    Jackson has a massive state prison, and the city is often known for them when it’s brought up in conversations across Michigan. I personally really like Jackson and some of its rural areas. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 353.


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  • 32. Pontiac

    North of Detroit, Pontiac is considered an area to be careful in. It’s No. 32 in America for violent crime. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 712.


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  • 17. Lansing

    I grew up in Lansing and and am surprised to to see it so high on this list. Then again, crime has been on the rise in the city. Lansing is considered the No. 17 most dangerous city in America and third most dangerous in Michigan. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 1,757.


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  • 10. Kalamazoo

    Kalamazoo, like Battle Creek, has always been known for having some rough areas. It’s a beautiful city, but you do have to be careful on the outskirts. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 1,211.


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  • 5. Detroit

    People often think of Detroit as the most dangerous city in Michigan and one of the most violent in America, but it’s not No. 1 in Michigan. Detroit is the No. 5 most dangerous city in America, though, which isn’t a great look. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 14,509.


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  • 4. Saginaw

    It’s crazy to think, but Saginaw, Michigan, has been named the No. 4 most dangerous city in the entire country. It’s also the most dangerous city in Michigan. The city’s “All Violent Crime” number is 1,080.


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  • Source

    This list is via the FBI.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio. She started on the airwaves shortly after graduating from MSU. Anne has a passion for rock and metal, and she also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson! Anne covers the Detroit, Philadelphia and Las Vegas markets and beyond.

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