Governor Engler: Serious Crime Rate Drops 4 Percent in 2000

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

September 24, 2001

Governor John Engler today announced that Michigan's serious-index crime rate continued its unprecedented free fall in 2000, dropping 4 percent from 1999 levels.

"Since 1991, we've enacted 350 tough, anti-crime laws," said Governor Engler. "These laws have given police and prosecutors the tools they need to identify, apprehend and successfully prosecute that small, hard-core class of violent offenders who have kept police, prosecutors and judges so busy in the past."

"The sharp drop in index crimes over the past ten years is due in part to the increased level of cooperation between local, county, and state law enforcement agencies," noted Col. Mike Robinson, director of the Michigan State Police. "But most importantly, it is reflective of the increased level of communication and cooperation between the citizens of Michigan and the law enforcement agencies that serve them."

The Governor noted that Michigan's serious-index crime rate is at its lowest level in over 30 years and has fallen at a much faster rate than the national average.

During the past 9 years, compared with 1991 levels, there have been:

  • 1,867 fewer homicide victims (non-vehicular);
  • 12,420 fewer victims of sexual assault;
  • 45,478 fewer people have been robbed; and
  • 228,357 fewer Michigan homes and businesses were burglarized.

Engler noted that, while there has been a significant improvement in Michigan's crime rate, more work needs to be done in reducing domestic violence, which increased 12 percent from 1999, and hate crimes, which increased 8 percent.

The report is posted on the Michigan State Police's web site: http://www.state.mi.us/msp/cjic/ucr00/contents.htm