Riverview named eighth safest city in state

By GABRIEL GOODWIN
Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW — An online real estate company named Riverview as the eighth safest city among Michigan cities with more than 10,000 residents.

A January report by California-based Movoto ranked 102 cities based on crime statistics reported to the FBI. During 2013, Riverview, with a population of 12,371, reported 833 total crimes with 89 of those being considered violent. The company said residents have a one-in-1,125 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, according to the report, while there is a one-in-120 chance of becoming victim to any crime.

Councilman Tim Coffey said Riverview is surrounded by similar communities which adds to the amount of safety the city can provide. He said surrounding communities enhance, help, and allow the city to manage crime a lot better.

“Our police and fire departments work well together with other departments in the area,” he said. “We are surrounded by good, solid governments, school districts and public safety departments. Everyone, in the Downriver area, communicates back and forth very well. We lean on other cities and they reciprocate back with us.”

He said it also helps that most people treat the entire city like their own neighborhood because residents look out for their neighbors and their neighbors look out for them and their families.

Councilman Elmer Trombley said he was “tickled to death” that RIverview was considered the eighth safest city in Michigan because he considers Riverview the best community in the United States.

“If we’re not the best, we’re second to none,” he said. “Our public service — the police and fire departments along with the Department of Public Works — do one hell of a job.”

Durand said Riverview always has been a “great city to live and raise a family in,” so the report wasn’t a surprise to him.

“Being considered the eighth safest city in Michigan is very good news,” he said. “I’m not surprised due to diligence of police departments and residents of Riverview, who look out for their neighbors.”

Five Downriver communities — Wyandotte, Allen Park, Melvindale, Taylor and Southgate — along with Dearborn and Dearborn Heights made the list as well. Wyandotte, with 2,999 total crimes and 140 violent crimes, and Allen Park, with 161 violent crimes out of the total 2,727 crimes reported, were 41st and 48th, respectively.

Dearborn Heights was 56th and Dearborn was 69th on the list with 337 violent crimes of 2,539 total crimes and 331 violent crimes of the 3,707 total crimes, respectively.

Southgate was 73rd on the list and had 4,285 total crimes with 276 being considered violent crimes, while Melvindale was close behind at 76th with 4,071 total crimes and 377 reported violent crimes. Taylor rounded out the Downriver communities at 81st. The report said the city reported 4,320 total crimes and 485 violent crimes.

The company based their rankings on a weighted system that considered the number of violent crimes, property crimes, and the chance of being a victim of a crime. Violent crimes — like rape, assault, and murder — were weighted 50 percent while a person’s chance to become a victim and property crimes — theft, burglary, motor vehicle thefts – were weighted 20 and 30 percent, respectively.

(Gabriel Goodwin can be reached at ggoodwin@bewickpublications.com.)

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