The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently released its 2012 Crime in the United States report, which breaks down and tracks crime by city. The 2012 Uniform Crime Report shows that compared to 2011, the number of property crimes held steady in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
Violent crime saw an uptick in Farmington, with increases in forcible rape and aggravated assaults; the actual numbers increased from zero to 2, and 4 to 14, respectively. In Farmington Hills, violent crime dropped by about 25 percent, from 101 incidents to 74. The only increase was in the number of forcible rapes, from 11 to 15.
As outlined in the Crime in the United States report, the FBI estimated that in 2012, the number of violent crimes across the U.S. increased 0.7 percent, according to the figures released in September. However, property crimes decreased 0.9 percent, marking the 10th straight year of declines for these offenses, collectively, according to the report.
Each year when Crime in the United States is published, many entities—news media, tourism agencies, and other groups with an interest in crime in our nation—use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction. Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents.