Farmington Hills sees record lows in serious crime

The City of Farmington Hills last year saw the lowest number of serious crime offenses in the city’s 45-year history.

Chief Chuck Nebus, who presented the Police Department’s 2018 annual report on April 22, said a number of city records were set, from robberies, burglaries, and armed robberies, to auto thefts and larceny from autos.

“I wonder how it can get better every year, but it has,” he said.

Unfortunately, Nebus said, sexual assaults went up 18 percent; about 95 percent of those involved people who knew each other or related. The city’s single homicide arose from a dispute among people who knew each other, he added.

Serious crimes have dropped 59%, with more than 3,000 fewer crimes, since 1997, when Quinto Morgan Press named Farmington Hills as the Safest City in Michigan.

Nebus cited a number of Farmington Hills “safest cities” honors: SafeHome.org and Reviews.com, 3rd Safest City in Michigan for communities with populations greater than 50,000; AreaVibes.com, Safest City in Michigan with a population over 80,000; and SecurityChoice.com, 5th Safest City in the United States in which to retire.

The number of traffic accidents decreased a bit in 2018; the only two fatalities involved pedestrians. The year before, Nebus said, the city saw five fatalities, with four of them motorcyclists.

The department’s keys to success, Nebus said, lie in three major things. “First of all is our people, the best police officers anywhere… another ingredient is certainly our community, the public that supports us; and another ingredient is, of course, our city officials.”

The 2018 annual report, with complete crime data, is posted at https://www.fhgov.com/Government/Departments-Divisions/Police/Annual-Report/Police-Annual-Report.aspx