The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently released its 2012 Crime in the United States report, which breaks down and tracks crime by city. The 2012 Uniform Crime Report shows that compared to 2011, Royal Oak saw a decrease in both violent crimes and property crimes in 2011.
"The crime statistics are very encouraging," said Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue. "Royal Oak is a safe community and my officers work very hard to keep it that way. As we continue to rebuild the department I expect to see even more improvement in crime trends."
The decrease in Royal Oak crime follows suit with national crime statistics, outlined in the Crime in the United States report.
Nationwide, the FBI estimated that in 2012, the number of violent crimes increased 0.7 percent, according to the figures released in September. However, property crimes decreased 0.9 percent, marking the 10th straight year of declines for these offenses, collectively, according to the report.
Each year when Crime in the United States is published, many entities—news media, tourism agencies, and other groups with an interest in crime in our nation—use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction. Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents.