City of Troy remains safest city in Michigan

CQ Press based ranking on several crime categories


TROY, Mich. – The city of Try has been ranked the safest city in Michigan according to CQ Press.

CQ Press uses six crime categories to establish crime rate rankings for all cities with a population of at least 75,000 that report crime data to the FBI.  The crime categories include:  murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft.  The rankings in the CQ report are based upon data reported to the FBI for 2010. 

According to the CQ report, Troy has the lowest crime rate ranking in Michigan for cities with a population of 75,000 or more. Nationwide, Troy ranked 19th for cities with a population of 75,000 or more.  Troy was ranked as the safest city in Michigan 10 of the last 14 ranking periods, including the current one.  Troy has achieved "Safest City" rankings as high as 5th and 6th in the United States, in 2006 and 2005, respectively.  In fact, in other than 2009, when it ranked 38th overall, Troy has consistently ranked among the top 25 safest cities in the United States with populations over 75,000 since 1998.  

The number of Part 1 crimes reported to the Troy Police Department from 2000 through 2010 are as follows:


2000:   2387                2004:   1979                2008:   1950

2001:   2316                2005:   2044                2009:   1957   

2002:   2061                2006:   2090                2010:   1783

2003:   2107                2007:   1971

Incidents of violent crime, which include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, are extremely low. In 2010, there were only 53 violent crimes reported to the Troy Police Department, which represents less than 3.0% of the total Part 1 crime in Troy. 


Murder:                        1

Rapes:                         10

Robberies:                  9

Aggravated Assault:    33

In commenting on the latest ranking, Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer spoke about the dedication and quality of the employees of the Troy Police Department.  He noted the commitment to public safety this community has consistently sought to maintain. He pointed out the significant number of community volunteers that have come forward to act as our eyes and ears in conjunction with the "Citizens on Patrol Program," which was formed in the face of recent staffing cuts.

The chief stated, "The Troy Police Department is made up of professional men and women who work hard to identify and solve problems. They, like so many in our community, have had to work through some significant challenges in terms of the current economic climate. They have been called upon to make sacrifices, yet they continue to provide this community with a level of law enforcement service that I am convinced is second to none.  We have become a smaller, but more streamlined organization.  We value the resources we have been provided and are dedicated to utilizing those resources to deliver the best law enforcement service possible."