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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBad Axe/100k peopleMichigan/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime53n/a (estimate)1,7581,9982,324
Violent crime6n/a (estimate)199461370
Vehicle theft0n/a0.0267.2282.7
Property crime47n/a (estimate)1,5591,5371,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Bad Axe, MI

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Bad Axe is 24.3% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 6 violent crimes reported in Bad Axe, equivalent to 199 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 46.2%. Additionally, Bad Axe recorded 47 property crimes, amounting to 1559 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 20.2%.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Bad Axe reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

The United States contends with some of the world's highest vehicle theft rates, with approximately 300 vehicle thefts per 100,000 individuals. Remarkably, only a modest fraction, approximately 10%, of cities have been fortunate enough to have zero reported instances of stolen vehicles. Bad Axe stands out as one of these cities, as it reported no vehicle thefts in the most recent crime report, underscoring its commitment to a secure environment.

Is Bad Axe a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Bad Axe a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Bad Axe crime rate is 24% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 0.15 crimes per day - 0.02 violent crimes and 0.13 property crimes.

Has Crime in Bad Axe Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Bad Axe has increased by 55.9% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Bad Axe is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 100%, while property crime has increased by 51.6%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Bad Axe.

Potential Causes for Crime in Bad Axe

Bad Axe has a population density of 1258.7 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Bad Axe crime rates.

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Bad Axe, 82.9% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Bad Axe has a median home price of $82,700, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Bad Axe crime map

The Bad Axe crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Bad Axe as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Bad Axe crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Bad Axe crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Bad Axe crime rates are 24% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Bad Axe are 46% lower than the national average
      • In Bad Axe you have a 1 in 57 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Bad Axe is safer than 50% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Bad Axe has increased by 48%

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        Daily Crime In Bad Axe (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Bad Axe

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Bad Axe is 1 in 503
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Bad Axe is 1 in 65
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Bad Axe is 1 in 57

        Year Over Year Crime In Bad Axe (per 100,000 people)

        Bad Axe police department

        Item Bad Axe Michigan National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)710,515558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.32.13.3
        There are a total of 7 Bad Axe police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 9.5% greater than the Michigan average and 30.4% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Michigan

        State Total offenders Michigan /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 40,460 sex offenders in Michigan. This yields a total of 414 sex offenders in Michigan per 100,000 residents which is 56% greater than the national average.

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        Source: The Bad Axe, MI crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.