The measure for this category includes the total number of property crimes (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, arson) committed between 2011 and 2013 along with arrests.
Why This Indicator is Important
According to the Gallup Well-being Survey, neighborhood safety is crucial to improving well-being in a community. Safety is of concern and economic distress has a direct link to property crimes. Concurrently, property values are directly impacted by the levels of property crime rates.
How Are We Doing?
Midland County has experienced a sharp increase in property crimes (mainly larceny) since 2010. Property crimes increased nationally, in Michigan, and Midland County between 2000 and 2013. Given the data collected, Midland County’s main problems remain burglary and larceny. Data collection was also changed by Michigan in 2012.