Melvindale, MI
Crime Rates


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Melvindale, MI crime analytics

The crime rate in Melvindale is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 30 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Melvindale is 1 in 34. Based on FBI crime data, Melvindale is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Michigan, Melvindale has a crime rate that is higher than 86% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Melvindale to other communities of similar population, then Melvindale crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Melvindale does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Melvindale 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 Melvindale.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Melvindale occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Melvindale; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 212. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Melvindale experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Melvindale's rate for property crime is 25 per one thousand population. This makes Melvindale a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Melvindale is one in 40.

Importantly, we found that Melvindale 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 Melvindale is one in 315.

Melvindale Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 20% of U.S. Cities

Melvindale Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Melvindale 4.71
Michigan 4.16
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 212

in Melvindale

1 in 241

in Michigan
Population: 10,404
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 5 8 35
Rate per 1,000 0.10 0.48 0.77 3.36
Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Melvindale 24.89
Michigan 18.86
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 40

in Melvindale

1 in 53

in Michigan
Melvindale Property CRIMES
Population: 10,404
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 51 175 33
Rate per 1,000 4.90 16.82 3.17
United States Property CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Melvindale Crimes Per Square Mile

Melvindale 112
Michigan 28