Although it has slipped a little in the rankings, Farmington Hills remains among the safest cities in Michigan and across the U.S., based on an annual national ranking.
According to a city press release, Farmington Hills was the 52nd safest among 432 cities listed in a report issued last week by CQ Press and Sage Publications. Rankings are based on 2011 crime data, compiled in the F.B.I’s Uniform Crime Reports for six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.
Of Michigan cities with populations over 75,000, Farmington Hills ranked behind Canton Township (33rd), Sterling Heights (34th) and Troy (36th), and ahead of Livonia (70th) and Ann Arbor (80th) in the top 100.
and 46th across the nation.
According to the release, Group A offenses, the crime category used to compile rankings, decreased in 2011 by 16.6 percent, with overall criminal activity decreasing by 11.1 percent.
High profile cases in 2011 included two murder-suicides, an armed robbery at Comerica Bank and a string of pizza parlor robberies solved with the arrest of suspects just two hours after the first incident occurred.
The release credited "close working relationships with all sectors of the local government and the residents" as critical to maintaining the safety and security of the community.