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Posted on: September 14, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Sterling Heights named as one of the safest cities in Michigan

Sterling Heights was recently named one of the safest cities in Michigan with populations over 50,000 by Munetrix. Sterling Heights ranked number six out of the top 15 and was the top-ranked city on the list with a population over 100,000.

The City of Sterling Heights was recently named one of the safest cities in Michigan with populations over 50,000 by Munetrix, an Auburn Hills-based data aggregation firm. Sterling Heights ranked number six out of the top 15 and was the top-ranked city on the list with a population over 100,000.

The “Munetrix Safest Cities” list cited 15 cities in Michigan that were consistently ranked as safest in the state for the last three years. Rochester Hills came in first, followed by Macomb, West Bloomfield, Shelby and Waterford. Ann Arbor ranked 11th on list and was the only other community with a population over 100,000 in the top 15.

According to its website, Munetrix based the rankings off of the 1,856 local units of government in Michigan: 83 counties, 1,240 townships, 278 cities and 255 villages.

“The Sterling Heights Police Department is a first-class organization, and I’m proud to see their exemplary police work is confirmed by statistics,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor. “Safety is such an important piece of our community’s identity. Sterling Heights is consistently a top-rated community in Metro Detroit, largely because those looking to raise a family value safety above all else.”

According to Munetrix, the list is determined by using total crime as the metric, including crimes against people, crimes against property, crimes against society and other crimes. The data was gathered from the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Safety in our community is a joint effort between the Police Department and the city's residents,” said Police Chief Michael Reese. “The men and women of the Sterling Heights Police Department will continue to strive for excellence and protect the citizens of this great city.”

For more information, contact the city’s Community Relations Department at (586) 446-2470.

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