Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleShelby/100k peopleMichigan/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime34n/a (estimate)1,5591,9982,324
Violent crime4n/a (estimate)183461370
Vehicle theft3n/a137.6267.2282.7
Property crime30n/a (estimate)1,3761,5371,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Shelby, MI

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Shelby crime rate is 32.9% lower than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Shelby, there were 4 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 183 per 100,000 individuals, 50.4% lower than the national average. Additionally, Shelby recorded 30 property crimes, amounting to 1376 per 100,000 residents, 29.6% lower than the U.S. average.

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

Is Shelby a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Shelby is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Shelby has a total crime rate that is 33% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.09 daily crimes (0.01 violent daily crimes and 0.08 daily property crimes) in Shelby.

Has Crime in Shelby Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Shelby. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Shelby has decreased by 17.1%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 50%, while property crime has decreased by 9.1%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Shelby.

Potential Causes for Crime in Shelby

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 Shelby, 65.9% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Shelby stands at $95,000, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

High rent costs can create economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When a significant portion of one's income is spent on housing, there may be less money available for other essential needs such as food, healthcare and education. Economic stress can contribute to desperation and potentially lead individuals to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Average rent rates in Shelby are $763, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Shelby crime map

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

  • Shelby crime rates are 33% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Shelby are 50% lower than the national average
  • In Shelby you have a 1 in 65 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Shelby is safer than 54% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Shelby has decreased by 22%

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        Daily Crime In Shelby (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Shelby

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Shelby is 1 in 546
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Shelby is 1 in 73
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Shelby is 1 in 65

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

        Shelby police department

        Item Shelby Michigan National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)310,515558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.52.13.3
        There are a total of 3 Shelby police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 29.6% less than the Michigan average and 55.2% 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
        New Era, MI423000
        Montague, MI2,8011231,0261,149
        Whitehall, MI2,7891011,0481,149
        Pentwater, MI7973329961,327
        Rothbury, MI40201,5731,573
        Walkerville, MI2666832,2782,961
        Hart, MI2,1184025,6346,036
        Shelby, MI2,5671831,3761,559

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Maynardville, TN2,5672398381,077
        Crystal Lake, CT2,56752518570
        Mattawan, MI2,5671,3521,3522,704
        Henniker, NH2,566153443596
        Graniteville, SC2,5662521,1861,438
        Shelby, MI2,5671831,3761,559
        Source: The Shelby, 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.