Westland, MI Criminal and Public Records

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About Westland

Westland is located in Wayne County, with a population of 82,000. This makes it the 12th most populous city in Michigan. It has an average income of $44,641.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 336 reported major violent crimes (0.004102 per person) and 1,742 reported major property crimes in Westland (0.021265 per person). While these reported crime rates are helpful, it is very important to realize that there is a gap between the actual number of crimes committed and the number of reported crimes; many crimes are notoriously underreported.

In addition, some crimes may be charged under different headings. For example, aggravated assaults that are committed against family members may be charged as domestic violence rather than assault. The charts below show more stats on yearly trends for specific crime types in Westland.

Crime Rates Compared to Michigan

When it comes to major violent crimes, Westland has 0.004102 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.004155 violent crimes per person statewide.

Westland has 0.021265 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.018856 per person statewide.


Westland Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 12th
  • Violent Crimes: 12th (72nd per 100k)
  • Murder: 8th (42nd per 100k)
  • Rape: 12th (144th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 11th (71st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 19th (48th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 14th (117th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 14th (88th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 15th (140th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 15th (41st per 100k)
  • Arson: 11th (88th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 397th
  • Violent Crimes: 327th (1,619th per 100k)
  • Murder: 75th (380th per 100k)
  • Rape: 141st (820th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 274th (1,687th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 280th (1,141st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 544th (3,625th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 389th (2,636th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 566th (3,799th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 353rd (1,430th per 100k)
  • Arson: 105th (675th per 100k)

In Wayne County (2015)

  • Population: 5th
  • Violent Crimes: 3rd (14th per 100k)
  • Murder: 3rd (11th per 100k)
  • Rape: 2nd (9th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 2nd (14th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 7th (16th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 4th (15th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 6th (15th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 4th (17th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 7th (20th per 100k)
  • Arson: 2nd (9th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 82,000
  • Households: 33,717
  • Median Income: $44,641
  • Land Area: 20.425 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.015 miles2
  • Time Zone: EST

Westland, MI Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 2 3
Rape 46 50
Agg. Assault 183 221
Robbery 66 62
Burglary 361 362
Vehicle Thefts 193 164
Arson 5 13

Violent Crimes in Westland, MI in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 3
Rape 50
Aggravated Assault 221
Robbery 62

Property Crimes in Westland, MI in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 362
Larceny 1216
Motor Vehicle Theft 164
Arson 13

Violent Crimes in Westland, MI

Year Violent Crimes
2006 367
2007 463
2008 431
2009 387
2010 367
2011 348
2013 363
2014 297
2015 336

Robbery in Westland, MI

Year Robbery
2006 85
2007 114
2008 104
2009 98
2010 83
2011 88
2013 93
2014 66
2015 62

Michigan Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Westland is compared to the overall population of State or if you want to determine whether there has been an increase or a decline in reported crime numbers from year-to-year, then you may want to look at statewide reported crimes.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 42348 41231
Murder 535 571
Rape 10322 10613
Agg. Assault 27519 26414
Robbery 8021 7796
Property Crimes 202547 187101
Burglary 44184 40041
Larceny 137206 131296
Vehicle Thefts 21157 15764
Arson 0 0

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how Westland compares to the rest of Michigan or to the nation in terms of likelihood that you will be the victim of a crime. To make those comparisons, you need to look at the crime rate. The crime rate refers to the number of crimes per a set number of people. In our crime rates, we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By comparing these rates, you can determine whether a person in Westland is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of Michigan or nationwide.


Violent Crimes in the state of Michigan

Year Violent Crimes
2006 56778
2007 53988
2008 50166
2009 49547
2010 48460
2011 43983
2012 44922
2013 44523
2014 42348
2015 41231

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