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You're Safer in Royal Oak Than Almost Anywhere Else in Michigan

Royal Oak's low crime rate, vibrant downtown, hospitality and sense of community earned it a place on the SafeWise list of Michigan's 50 safest cities.

Royal Oak is one of the safest places to live in Michigan, according to a ranking released by the national security organization SafeWise.
Royal Oak is one of the safest places to live in Michigan, according to a ranking released by the national security organization SafeWise.

Where’s one if the safest places to live in Michigan?

Royal Oak, which ranked 27th on the list of Michigan’s 50 safest cities released Wednesday the national security organization SafeWise.

Here’s why:

“For a city of nearly 60,000 residents, its low crime rates, including no murders or manslaughters reported in 2012, is very impressive. Its vibrant downtown area is testament to its hospitality and sense of community. Motorcycle enthusiasts will love Royal Oak during the summer, when Harley Davidson owners line the Main Street on Wednesdays, and sport bike owners repeat the show on Thursdays.

“Royal Oak is home to the Detroit Zoo, one of America’s top rated zoos and part of the Detroit Zoological Society. Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, the zoo is home to many great habitats and attractions, including the Giraffe Encounter, Science on a Sphere, and the 4D Theater.”
Jack Manning March 06, 2014 at 09:37 AM
When RO is the safest place in Michigan it really is scary to think about it in relative terms to the rest of MI.
Merry Merry March 06, 2014 at 10:01 AM
I wonder how vibrant downtown will be with half the businesses closing up. More like glowing from the buzz of alcohol.
Klash March 06, 2014 at 12:01 PM
I've lived in RO nearly my entire 42 years, and have never felt LESS safe here. Much smaller police force, unsolved murders, slow police response times, high number of home invasions, extreme demographic changes in downtown business district, etc... It has significantly changed, and not for the better.
Debbie Campbell March 06, 2014 at 12:11 PM
A study done in Cleveland showed that blocks that have more bars have higher crime rates for murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary, grand theft and auto theft. Adding one bar to a block would result in 3.38 crimes committed on that block in a year. It would increase the risk of murder taking place on that block by 5%, and increase the risk of having a violent crime of any type by 17.6%. Authors postulate that increased bar density changes the character and environment of the neighborhood and the routine activities of those living or visiting that block. Runcek, D. & Maier, P. “Bars, blocks and crimes revisited: linking the theory of routine activities to the empiricism of ‘hot spots.' “ Criminology (29) 4: 725-753. 1991.
RON Ostrodamus April 01, 2014 at 04:33 AM
Patience you are starting to sound like me (ahem). Debbie great research as usual. Only wish our mayor and commission used such diligence before making decisions based more on promises than facts. Wish they would think twice before giving away the 696 gateway without considering the needs of the zoo which includes a substantial hotel with adequate deck parking which would benefit our downtown more than a mini me hotel crammed onto 400 main smack in the middle of a bar district that does not attract familes.. Look at Troy for an example of a well placed hotel. Add RO used that hotel (I think its the Mariott) for previous master plan meetings. If you are the victim statistics mean nothing. Why no mention of record number parking tickets written yearly and the scarcity of parking that adds to the likelyhood you will get one,

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