Pontiac, MI
Crime Rates

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Pontiac, MI crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Pontiac is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 36 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 Pontiac is 1 in 28. Based on FBI crime data, Pontiac is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Michigan, Pontiac has a crime rate that is higher than 92% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes. 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.

Importantly, when you compare Pontiac to other communities of similar population, then Pontiac crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Pontiac 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 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 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 92.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Pontiac's rate for property crime is 25 per one thousand population. This makes Pontiac 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 Pontiac is one in 39.

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 268.

Pontiac Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 12% of U.S. Cities

Pontiac Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Pontiac 10.85
Michigan 4.50

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 92

in Pontiac

1 in 222

in Michigan


Population: 59,792
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 4 62 98 485
Rate per 1,000 0.07 1.04 1.64 8.11


Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Pontiac 25.42
Michigan 18.00

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 39

in Pontiac

1 in 56

in Michigan

Pontiac Property CRIMES

Population: 59,792
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 470 827 223
Rate per 1,000 7.86 13.83 3.73

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Pontiac Crimes Per Square Mile

Pontiac 107
Michigan 28