The glow of downtown's comeback hasn't quite reached the street corner on Detroit's Eastside where year-old James Rogers was walking recently. While downtown is abuzz with development , the neighborhoods near Kelly Road and Morang Avenue are more recognizably "Detroit:" the ubiquitous liquor store; abandoned homes crumbling along trash-strewn side streets; a murder victim shrine with liquor bottles and stuffed animals piled knee-high around a street sign in sight of a school. Rogers says he was robbed just down Kelly a few months ago. Four guys rooted through his pockets while a fifth held him at gunpoint. Downtown's optimism hasn't emanated to the hundreds of miles of Detroit streets like this where residents still contend with robberies, break-ins, sexual assaults, drugs and murders on a daily basis. Statistics from the Detroit Police Department bear this out. While crime has been trending downward in the city - and all over Michigan - homicides in Precinct 9, which encompasses Rogers' Eastside neighborhood, have held steady. In , Precinct 9 had 46 homicides, two more than 44 in In , there were 43 homicides and there were Detroit police officials are quick to point out that most homicides aren't random and that the victim generally knows the killer.
Safe Places—and Places to Avoid—in Detroit
The city of Detroit , in the U. The population of the city has fallen from a high of 1,, in to , in , kicking it off the top 20 of US cities by population for the first time since Local crime rates are among the highest in the United States despite this, the overall crime rate in the city has seen a decline during the 21st century  , and vast areas of the city are in a state of severe urban decay. In , Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.
According to a study by the Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, 87 percent of 1, Detroit Public Schools students surveyed knew someone who had been killed, wounded or disabled by gun violence. They see the dead bodies. FBI data released in September show violent crime in Detroit increased
Any which way you look at it, Detroit, Michigan, is an iconic city. The city on the Detroit River is also enjoying a lively food-scene resurgence and a number of other factors that are improving its attractiveness as a travel destination. Still, the question lingers: Is Detroit safe? The honest truth about the Detroit crime rate is that the chances of becoming a crime victim are higher in Detroit than in almost any other American city. Of most relevance to travelers, there are a few worthwhile attractions that are in potentially dangerous neighborhoods; these include the artsy Heidelberg Project, the Harpos concert hall on the East Side, and historic Fort Wayne, so exercise caution if heading to any of these places.