Farmington Hills Police Department and Farmington Public Safety 2017 annual reports record statistics that should ensure more “safe cities” designations for both cities.
Farmington Hills Police Department
Serious (Part A) crime in Farmington Hills dropped by just a little over 1 percent, but Police Chief Chuck Nebus told council members on April 9 that also represents a decrease of 39 percent from 2007 – and a 39-year low.
Residential and commercials burglaries dropped by 16 percent, to the lowest level in the city’s 44-year history. Larceny from autos, down 16 percent, hit the fifth lowest total in city history.
Sexual assaults showed the largest decline, 43 percent over the previous year and the second lowest number since 1995.
Nebus attributed a 78 percent increase in armed robberies – still the city’s fifth lowest total – to a serial bank robber and two people committing multiple hotel robberies. All were arrested.
The department continues to investigate the disappearance of Danielle Stislicki, who was last seen on December 2, 2016. Nebus said the department has executed 80 search warrants and gave Livonia Police DNA and phone record evidence to assist with their prosecution of Floyd Galloway. He pleaded guilty in December to multiple charges in connection with an assault on a 28-year-old female jogger in Hines Park and has been named a person of interest in the Stislicki case.
Farmington Public Safety
In his April 16 report to city council members, Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers called 2017 statistics “nothing short of miraculous,” with a 13 percent decrease in serious crimes. In the 1990s, he said, the department routinely saw more than 400 Part A crimes annually. That number dropped to 295 in 2017.
Crediting the Apartment Watch program, Demers reported a “tremendous decrease” for serious crimes in rental communities. The department conducts additional patrols and offers crime prevention presentations for apartment complexes.
Demers said residential and commercial burglaries were at an all-time low, with just five home invasions and six commercial burglaries in 2017. People are “hardening their target,” he said, by leaving lights on, posting alarm system yard signs, and other measures shared by police in Neighborhood Watch meetings and public outreach.
In addition, more people are locking their car doors and stowing valuables out of sight; the city saw a 70 percent decrease in larcenies from automobiles. Other larceny complaints dropped by 36 percent, Demers said.