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Is Traverse City Crime Actually Rising?

November 28, 2012
Is Traverse City Crime Actually Rising?

We’re only eleven-twelfths through 2012, but already we’ve seen what seems like a big year in local crime – robberies at Gander Mountain and a local gas station, attempted abduction on TART trail, vandals damaging Oakwood Cemetery…and of course skirmishes and escapades in the wee hours downtown.

But is crime actually on the rise in Traverse City, or are we just hearing more about it? The Ticker inquired. We crunched numbers obtained from the TCPD for the first quarter (Jan-Sept) and compared them to the same periods dating back to 2008.

And the verdict is…yes, crime’s up.

There were 3,640 calls to police regarding criminal behavior in TC between January and September 2012, up 15 percent over the same period last year, and up 23 percent from the first nine months of 2008 There’s a slow yet steady rise from the beginning of each year (8 percent of the total annual calls) to July, with nearly 18 percent of 2012’s police calls.

Meanwhile, annual statewide crime appears to be on the decline. Overall criminal incidents declined 22 percent between 2008 and 2011.

Nick McAllister, owner of House of Doggs, located across Union Street from a few of Traverse City’s bars, isn’t surprised to hear about the increase, but isn’t terribly concerned.

He says while the warm summer weather brings in rowdier crowds and people tend to stay out later, “people are just out relaxing and having a good time.” He adds that his eatery has not seen an increase in criminal behavior since its 2006 opening.

Where are the calls coming from? TC Police divide the city into five geographic patrol sectors. Downtown (which of course includes the Union Street area) had 29 percent of the criminal calls so far this year, followed closely by the southeast region (east of Boardman Lake, south of Eighth) at 21 percent. The safest region is the west (west of Division).

Despite the increase in local crime, Traverse City is still a relatively safe place to live. According to neighborhoodscout.com, we saw 2.73 violent crimes per 1,000 people last year, much lower than the statewide average of 4.90 per 1,000 people. The site says the safest neighborhoods in Grand Traverse County are Greilickville and Old Mission.


Most Recent Comments

 
Bryan on December 1, 2012 12:16am

This is a joke right? I am originally from Chicago, moved to Detroit at about 10 and lived in Traverse City for 16 months. Let me assure you, I have seen violent and real crime in front of my own eyes. Traverse City is made up of a mainly white demographic, usually either wealthy or above average and you feel unsafe if someone sags their pants. Crime is not up, there is no real crime. Sure there was that murder/suicide a while back but it didn't even make it in the news outside of Traverse City. Get off your high horse and suck it up.

fmw on November 29, 2012 10:21am

i would like to know more about zodiac's comment. if true, that is far more of a concern than any of the other "criminal activity" being discussed in this forum.

ElmerFUDD on November 29, 2012 8:47am

Either the Police are in charge.....or the people making trouble are in charge. It appears as though the latter is true at the moment. The Police need to send the CLEAR message who is in charge and what will and will not be tolerated.
I the people know there is a price to pay for their actions and Traverse City won't put up with it...they move on. Obviously they know they can get away with it....thus it never stops and will ONLY get worse. Crack down now - T.C. will be better for it in the long run.

Grandma Jones on November 29, 2012 8:43am

1) when population increases crime rates follow suit.
2) Ann Arbor and "liberal" cities like it consistently receive awards as most livable cities.

betty on November 28, 2012 8:19pm

It is frustrating when the cops do their jobs and charges are tossed by the DA. A fight downtown in front of Wilson's antique store results someone being thrown through the windows. No charges filed. Any other jurisdiction would have filed disturbing the peace charges. Nope not here. Public intoxication charges don't exist in TC. If you are not hurting yourself or anyone else it is PERMITTED! Crazy.
Driving with a suspended license in TC gets you a ticket. Anywhere else you go directly to jail. That decision comes from the top.

Lynn Feeter on November 28, 2012 1:09pm

Pardon me for being picky, but the last I looked Greilickville was in Leelanau County, not Grand Traverse. (That's a separate issue from whether part of it is within Traverse City catchment area for police coverage.)

Dr jones on November 28, 2012 12:47pm

First quarter Jan to Sept? Quarter of what?

Zodiac on November 28, 2012 11:44am

Crime should be down since the Gestapo in TC now have the right to come to your house 45 minutes after you have been home and arrest you for drunk driving. Did they see you drive....NO! Somebody called and said you were driving...um..maybe that person who called doesn't like you...maybe you never even left the house....but apprently the Gestapo doesn't have to even see you....whats our country comming to? Just Wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jackson on November 28, 2012 11:25am

In August we had just dined at Amical and my husband was walking back to retrieve our parked car over the bridge when he was approached by a male who he felt was going to try to rob him. My husband told him to back off, and fortunately he did.

Dave on November 28, 2012 9:05am

Cuts in our sheriff and state police departments make it a lot easier for criminals these days. TC is becoming a liberal town like Ann Arbor where everyone can do as they please and with it comes law breakers and people looking for a free handout on the back of us tax payers. Downtown use to be a nice place to stroll at night but no longer. This was once a nice town. What is happening?

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