Crime in Lansing, Michigan

Lansing's crime rate

There were 4,668 crimes reported in Lansing, Michigan in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 3,924 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does Lansing compare?

Lansing has a higher overall crime rate than the vast majority of U.S. cities. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Lansing's overall crime rate is 94% higher than the overall crime rate in Michigan. Statewide, there were 201,982 crimes reported in 2019, or 2,023 for every 100,000 people.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In Lansing, however, property crimes account for only about 72% of all offenses.

Despite accounting for a smaller than average share of total offenses, property crime is more prevalent in Lansing than it is nationwide. There were 3,355 property crimes in Lansing in 2019, or 2,820 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in Lansing. There were 2,225 larcenies reported in Lansing in 2019, or 1,871 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 763 break-ins reported in Lansing in 2019, or 641 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In Lansing, meanwhile, there were 367 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 309 for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime

Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In Lansing, however, violent offenses account for a larger 28% share of all reported crime.

At 1,104 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Lansing is well above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Lansing reported a total of 1,313 violent crimes in 2019.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. It is also the most commonly reported violent offense in Lansing. There were 983 aggravated assaults reported in Lansing in 2019, or 826 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is far lower, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 178 robberies reported in Lansing in 2019, a rate of 150 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 140 rapes reported in Lansing in 2019, or 118 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

There were 12 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in Lansing is 10.1 murders for every 100,000 people, more than double the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

Lansing compared to other cities in Michigan

Lansing has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in Michigan. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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