With a crime rate of 65 per one thousand residents, Pontiac has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 15. Within Michigan, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Pontiac.In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Pontiac to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.
Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 59,887, Pontiac has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Pontiac does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Pontiac.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Pontiac does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Pontiac.
For Pontiac, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Pontiac is one in 97.
In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Pontiac is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Pontiac, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 18, which is a rate of 55 per one thousand population.
Importantly, we found that Pontiac has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Pontiac is one in 257.