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Total crime 39%
Violent crime 239%
Property crime 3%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peoplePontiac/100k peopleMichigan/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,069n/a (estimate)3,4602,0222,489
Murder10n/a16.75.65.0
Rape66n/a110.472.442.6
Robbery108n/a180.653.681.6
Assault585n/a978.4305.9250.2
Violent crime769n/a (estimate)1,286437379
Burglary315n/a526.8286.1340.5
Theft875n/a1,463.41,121.31,549.5
Vehicle theft110n/a184.0177.7219.9
Property crime1,300n/a (estimate)2,1741,5852,110

Key findings

  • Pontiac crime rates are 39% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Pontiac are 239% higher than the national average
  • In Pontiac you have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Pontiac is safer than 6% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Pontiac has decreased by 1%

Pontiac crime map

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      Daily Crime In Pontiac (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Pontiac, MI per 100,000 people. In Pontiac, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.71 times more than the Michigan average and 1.39 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Pontiac is 2.94 times more than the Michigan average and 3.39 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Pontiac has a daily crime rate that is 1.37 times more than the Michigan average and 1.03 times more than the overall daily national average.

      How Safe is Pontiac (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Pontiac to every other city in Michigan, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Pontiac safe? The gauges above illustrate that Pontiac is safer than 5% of every city located within Michigan along with 6% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Michigan and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Pontiac, MI is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Pontiac

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Pontiac is 1 in 78
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Pontiac is 1 in 46
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Pontiac is 1 in 29
      Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Pontiac, Michigan? If you reside in Pontiac, then there is a 1 in 78 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 46. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 29 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Pontiac.

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

      Determining whether Pontiac is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Pontiac violent crime rates have decreased by 4%. At the same time, property crime has increased by 1% year over year. Total crimes for Pontiac has decreased by 1% in the same time frame.

      Pontiac police department

      ItemPontiacMichiganNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)9510,515558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a2.13.3

      Sex offenders in Michigan

      StateTotal offendersMichigan /100KNational /100K
      Michigan40,460414266
      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, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Lake Angelus, MI260000
      Romeo, MI3,91983139222
      Bingham Farms, MI1,11261222284
      Oxford, MI3,51128280308
      Orchard Lake Village, MI2,51769249317
      Wolverine Lake, MI4,41021311332
      Huntington Woods, MI6,3300364364
      Pontiac, MI59,9201,2862,1743,460

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      St. Clair Shores, MI59,9161809301,110
      Gardena, CA59,8985422,0092,550
      Lakeville, MN59,78667839906
      Reston, VA60,07096756851
      Springfield, OH59,7614945,0605,554
      Pontiac, MI59,9201,2862,1743,460
      Source: The Pontiac, MI crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.