Why it Matters: Crime statistics are used by different groups for different things. On a political level, it provides a measure for the success or failure of certain criminal justice policies. On an operational level, it provides important information on how best to allocate municipal resources. From a civil society perspective, it provides indicators against which to measure criminal justice performance and therefore an important tool to hold accountability the various role-players in the criminal justice system (Institute for Security Studies). (n035)

Data Source: Data Source: Michigan State Police Incident Crime Reporting database (MICR)- The Michigan State Police provides access to these statistics and compiled reports for the purpose of studying the causes, trends and effects of crime in this state and for intelligence upon which to base programs of crime detection and prevention and the apprehension of criminals. Individuals using these statistics or reports are cautioned against making direct comparisons between cities or townships on the basis of population. Comparisons may lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that could create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. The Michigan State Police is not responsible for any errors or omissions produced by secondary dissemination of this information. (n060)

Data Table

MunicipalityLies WithinPublic Safety
Crimes per
1,000 Residents
BangorVan Buren County$288,7491,845101349
Benton HarborBerrien County$1,903,0889,919944713
BridgmanBerrien County$438,8962,2538703
BuchananBerrien County$1,000,8264,334624311
ColomaBerrien County$299,4081,446761
DowagiacCass County$1,532,6585,826482
GoblesVan Buren County$72,4668051316910
HartfordVan Buren County$346,0212,61412944
New BuffaloBerrien County$876,8171,87221106
NilesBerrien County$2,632,54611,25751227
South HavenVan Buren County$2,415,5004,366126812
St. JosephBerrien County$2,307,6938,28831298
WatervlietBerrien County$248,4201,68011945

1Rank is based on Public Safety Expenditures per Capita in Descending Order

2Rank is based on the Crimes per Thousand Residents in Ascending Order