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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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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 peopleBerkley/100k peopleMichigan/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime84n/a (estimate)5601,9982,324
Violent crime4n/a (estimate)27461370
Vehicle theft14n/a93.3267.2282.7
Property crime80n/a (estimate)5331,5371,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Berkley, MI

The Berkley crime rates are 75.9% lower than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 4 violent crimes in Berkley (27 per 100,000 people), which is 92.8% lower than the national average and there were a total of 80 property crimes (533 per 100,000 residents) which is 72.7% lower than average.

Berkley enjoys a remarkably low crime rate, standing at just 560, a significant contrast to the national average of 2324. This distinction firmly establishes Berkley as one of the safest places to reside in the entire United States. This crime rate is meticulously calculated, taking into account the total occurrences of both violent and property crimes per 100,000 individuals, providing a comprehensive perspective on the area's safety and livability.

Berkley has one of the lowest violent crime rates of all cities in the United States. With a rate of 27 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Berkley ranks among the safest cities in the United States making it an attractive choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Berkley 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.

Since 1990, property crime rates per 100,000 people in the United States have steadily decreased. Recently, the average did increase slightly. Having said that, Berkley has a property crime rate that is well below the national average with only 533 reported property crimes compared to the national average of 1954. Based on this report, Berkley remains a very safe place to live with regards to property crime.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Berkley?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Berkley residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 15 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 93% of Berkley residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 7% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Berkley a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Berkley is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Berkley has an overall crime rate that is 76% lower than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 0.23 daily occurrences, comprising 0.01 violent crimes and 0.22 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Berkley as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Berkley Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Berkley has increased by 6.3%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Berkley, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 20%, while property crime has increased by 8.1%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Berkley is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Berkley

The economic prosperity of a city's inhabitants exerts substantial influence on crime stats. Elevated poverty rates and income inequality can precipitate heightened criminal activity, as individuals may turn to illicit means to fulfill their fundamental requirements. While lower poverty rates could lead to lower Berkley crime rates. In Berkley, the poverty rate stands at 3.9%, diverging from the national average of 15.1%.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Berkley, the cost of living is 0.42% higher than the national average.

Berkley has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 2.25 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to 3.25 nationwide. Crime rates are profoundly influenced by the effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing endeavors. A resilient and cooperative partnership between law enforcement agencies and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, ultimately enhancing safety. The efficacy of law enforcement extends beyond mere numbers and extends into the realm of community policing strategies, emphasizing the cultivation of trust and collaboration between officers and the community. It is not merely a matter of quantity but the quality of engagement with the community that matters most.

Berkley crime map

The Berkley crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Berkley 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 Berkley crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Berkley 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

  • Berkley crime rates are 76% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Berkley are 93% lower than the national average
  • In Berkley you have a 1 in 179 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Berkley is safer than 90% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Berkley has increased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Berkley (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Berkley on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Michigan and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Berkley (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Michigan, are 3.57 times less than the state average and 4.15 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Berkley on a daily basis are 17.29 times less than than Michigan average and 13.87 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Berkley are 2.88 times less than the daily state average and 3.67 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Berkley (higher is better)

        How safe is Berkley, Michigan compared to other cities in Michigan and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Berkley is safer than 90% of the cities in Michigan and 90% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Michigan and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Berkley. Overall, Berkley is ranked above average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Berkley

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Berkley is 1 in 3752
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Berkley is 1 in 188
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Berkley is 1 in 179
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Berkley, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 3752. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 188 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Berkley is 1 in 179.

        Year Over Year Crime In Berkley (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Berkley, MI is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Berkley has decreased by 18%, while the property crime rate in Berkley has increased by 10% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Berkley has increased by 9% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Berkley police department

        Item Berkley Michigan National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3410,515558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.32.13.3
        There are a total of 34 Berkley police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 9.1% greater than the Michigan average and 30.6% 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.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Bingham Farms, MI1,53965216280
        Orchard Lake Village, MI2,48972241313
        Rochester, MI13,20331443474
        Huntington Woods, MI6,30316557573
        Clawson, MI11,909196411607
        Pleasant Ridge, MI2,58939580619
        Bloomfield Hills, MI3,99590588679
        Berkley, MI15,35227533560

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Centerton, AR15,345205424629
        Clarksdale, MS15,3423412,4292,769
        Westbury, NY15,3393141,2591,572
        Wilkinsburg, PA15,3673892,0592,448
        Welby, CO15,3727034,4985,201
        Berkley, MI15,35227533560
        Source: The Berkley, 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.