Reducing Crime In Detroit

Report Crime To Bagley Community Council

If you know of criminal activity in your area, please call the Bagley hotline (313-927-2674) or email Give as much information as possible: type of crime, location of crime (address), car license plate, description, etc. The information will be reported for you.

Neighborhood Watch Sticker is good to place in windows and doors. Download HERE and have it laminated.

Detroit Fab, 18480 Mt. Elliot, have created made to fit cages to secure your unit from theft.  They also have an electronic sensor that can be tied into your current alarm system.

They can be reached at 313-891-7181 or 586-718-3810.  This information was provided by the 12th precinct.

Preventing Residential Burglary
Being proactive is the key to preventing home break-ins. There are only two ways to enter the home…..a door or a window. Let’s start with the doors. First and foremost, all exit doors should be made of solid wood or metal. Hollow doors can be punched out. The best locks to attach on the doors are deadbolt locks with a one inch bolt. Shorter bolts can be pried out of the door jamb. The strike plate and the hinges are the keys to your doors not being forced open (kicked in). The strike plate and hinge screws should be long enough to reach the wall studs (3-4 inches) This will help to protect the doors against a forced entry attack.
Finally, lets talk about the windows. All windows should be alarmed or have bolt locking devices attached. Window Bolt locks can be purchased for under $20.00 at the large home improvement stores. You can put a nail between the two sashes on double hung windows or put a block of wood in the window to keep them from being forced open. Security bars are an option, but keep in mind one set should be installed inside the home and a child should be able to unlock them and get out in case of a fire.
Basement windows should be alarmed or changed over to glass block windows. 
IMPORTANT: Burglars will always knock on your door before they break in. Watch for suspicious persons or cars and report them to (911) as soon as you are sure they are casing the neighborhood. 
IMPORTANT: Your safety is law enforcement’s first priority!!
You can report issues in Detroit from your computer or by downloading the “Improve Detroit” app on your cell phone.

Download “Improve Detroit” app on your Iphone Report problems, take pictures and upload

Report a Crime to “Telephone Crime Reporting” at (313) 267-4600. This number takes Abandoned Car complaints

Don’t Get Your Car Tires Stolen
Don’t let the thieves steal your car tires. Before you get out of the car, turn your wheels to the left or right (cut your wheels). This will lock them in place and make them difficult if not impossible to steal.

Detroit Police Department’s Plan Of Action

Click here to read the Detroit Police Department’s Plan Of Action to reduce crime.

Neighborhood Police Officers

The Bagley Community is in District 2. The 12th police  precinct is the  precinct for District 2.
Click here to download the information. Please see the map the see the area each officers is assigned. Officer Crowder is assigned to North of 7 mile which begins at 19100 Ohio and up.

Be On The LookOut

ATTENTION: There is a new gang called “The Band” this group of individuals have to complete and initiation in order to be in the gang. Their target area is 8 Mile Rd. & Greenfield to North on 7 Mile Road to the Lodge Fwy. Please be advised that they are breaking into homes and stealing jewelry. There is two cars that pull up in front of your house one car invades the home while the other car watches. So that they can complete their initiation into “The Band”. Several homes have been broken into in the last week. They don’t care if you are home or not. Crimes occur at night between the hours of 9:00pm to 11:00pm. Their target is the elder and single women. Please take caution. Cut more lights on. Let your neighbors know. Watch out for one another. Sources of this action has been confirmed. Be careful!

                      Open To Trespass 
If you see any vacant homes that have front, back doors, or windows open, report it to the the Buildings Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department (313) 224-3251

Did you know your  house/block will be put on special attention? A police car will drive around the block (when there are no other assignments) for three days. If you are able to close doors, windows, or board the ‘open’ areas up please do so. Protect yourself and your neighbors. 

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink and the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television.
(Find it at )
1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors. ( )
3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again… If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky.
Chris McGoey, security consultant, who runs
Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.
If you don’t have a gun, here’s a more humane way to wreck someone’s evil plans for you. (I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.):
A receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.
The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection.
Thought this was interesting and might be of use.
Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he’s suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.
Glinka says, “This is better than anything I can teach them.”
Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, “spray the culprit in the eyes”. It’s a tip he’s given to students for decades. It’s also one he wants everyone to hear. If you’re looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.
“That’s going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out.” Maybe even save a life.
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.
This would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone.  Carry your car keys when outside in case you fall outside. You can activate the car alarm and then someone will know there’s a problem.
Court Watcher

You can be a court watcher as individuals who have committed crime are sentenced before a judge.
 By filling the courtroom you can send the message that YOU do not want crime in Detroit.
Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT)

If you see a car being stripped or stolen, you can call anonymously. H.E.A.T –Help Eliminate Auto Theft–1-800-242-HEATanonymous tip line, rewards may be made

Please Be Alert
Be on the lookout. There was a story on the news showing a teenager (young man) on the roof of a home. The police suspected he was there to rob the home.  If you see this type of suspicious activity, call 911 or your local police precinct. 
Did you know

Did you know that if you get your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) number permanently etched in your car’s windows, it makes it difficult for thieves to take your car to a chop shop

CB patrol

If you are a senior citizens you don’t have to drive in a CB patrol to help fight crime in Detroit. You can watch from your house. Watch children walking to and from  school from your window. When the the weather is nice, watch from your front porch. Call the police when you see something suspicious.

 AmeriCorps (through Wayne State University and State of Michigan) has started a door to door campaign to create a neighborhood patrol block by block.

The Bagley Community Council is participating in this. If we can get a neighborhood patrol then we can have a direct line to the police department. With other block groups that have neighborhood patrols, when one of them calls the police, the police respond quickly. The two meetings held about the neighborhood patrol was very informative. If you would like to patrol your neighborhood, call the Bagley Community hotline (313) 927-2674 or email The powerpoint presentation from the meetings can be read here. If you choose to contact the names listed on the powerpoint presentation for patrolling, please state that you are in the Bagley Community and are interested in patrolling. Let us be a part of this. No one can protect your house and your neighborhood like you can. Be a part of the decisions that are made about the community you live in. Your presence can deter crime. Want to leave in a safe area? It starts with you. Get involved and make it safe. 

Patrol your Block Join The Bagley Community Patrol.   The next Bagley Radio Patrol meeting is the 3rd Saturday of every month immediately following the Bagley Community meeting 10am at the 12th police precinct.

Start a Walking Club

This is a GOOD and INEXPENSIVE way to prevent crime. People who want to commit a crime will think twice when they see others walking. A good way to meet your neighbors. A walking club is taking place every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on the Livernois Avenue Of Fashion.

Citizens Academy – Crime Prevention
The office of public affairs with the FBI Citizens Academy classes at the PV McNamara Federal Building, 477 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A recognized business, religious, or community leader
  • Live and/or work within the Division’s jurisdiction
  • Minimum age 18 years
  • No prior felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
  • No misdemeanor or felony arrests within one year of application
  • Must consent to a criminal records check
  • Agree to attend all sessions with no more than (2) absences

If you are interested, you may contact the Bagley Community Council hotline 313.927.2674 or email to receive an application.

Report Crime

 Homicide 313-596-2260.

Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK- UP (1-800-773-2587), online:
( or Text: CSM and your tips to CRIMES (274637).

If you see a crime taking place in the Bagley Community, you can call 911 who will call the 12th police precinct. The 12th police precinct number is (313) 596-1200.

Call The Hotline – Stop The Violence
If you see bullying, gang activity, sexual assualts, fighting, or your safety is threatened call (313) 748-6000. To volunteer with the Detroit Youth Violence Initiative call (313) 224-1098.

To see the crime in your area, click the Crime Mapping link, type in your address, City, State, and Zipcode. Click the search button.

Suggestions to keep your car from being stolen 
by Alicia Biggers-Gaddies Bagley Board Member


“I monitor the reports from (using the address of Bagley Elementary School as the 2-mile radius). I have notice an increasing trend for vehicle thefts (15 in the past two weeks) for both the vehicle and parts. Here are some tips from the police to help eliminate this crime:

· Always park your car in the garage or back of the house; avoid parking on the street or in the front of your house’s driveway

· Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business, store, etc.;

· Never leave any keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes;

· Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home;

· Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out of sight;

· Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas, when possible;

· Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes. These devices will deter some criminals;

· Investigate the purchase of a vehicle theft tracking/security system, especially if you own one of the frequently stolen model vehicles;

· Never leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title, or credit cards in your vehicle;

· If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, or mechanic leave only the ignition key. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm.

· In high theft areas the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts.

· Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report; and,

· Many vehicles today come with some type of security system from the factory. Normally there are upgraded systems available if you ask. The best choice are systems that shut off the fuel supply so that a car can’t be started or driven.

· If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately.”

Detroit One
The City of Detroit has partnered with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and neighborhood organizations to reduce crime in Detroit. The various agencies working together are: Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office; Wayne County Sheriff’s Office; Governor’s Office; Michigan State Police; and Michigan Department of Corrections, U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Michigan High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA); and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
It has been reported that a new scam is being practiced throughout Detroit. The latest is that someone will ring your door bell or knock after midnight, and you will hear a baby crying. Those who have opened the door have been robbed at gun point.
Vacant Lot
A house has been torn down on the corner of Indiana and Thatcher. If you see any illegal dumping at this location, please report it. We want the Bagley Community to be neat, clean, and look nice.
Understanding Community Policing
Here is some helpful information if you want to do patrolling of your neighborhood.

Detroit residents are organizing into CB patrols and driving around their houses keeping an eye out for suspicious activity. You can get involved and protect your house and your neighbors’ house. If you are tired of the theft and breakins, do something about it. Help the police, help you. If you are tired of the media reporting about the high crime rate in Detroit, do something about it. We will be a better city for it. Click on this link, and read it. 
You can make Detroit a model city for the nation, with its low crime rate.

Preventing Auto Theft…. Good advice from our friends @ Rosedale/Grandmont!
 The DPD tell us that these car thieves are always out there cruising the neighborhood in the early morning hours (2 am til 5 am??) looking for the cars or the parts. Even parking a car in the driveway, up near the garage has resulted in stolen tires – mostly from new cars. Best Advice: Clean out that garage and put the cars in there. If have 3 cars, make sure you have car alarms on your car. They should go off if the car is moved although some of these folks are “very professional” and have removed tires without shaking the car enough to set off these alarms, although that is not typical. Car tire locks will slow some people down but can be beat by the really good criminals. Bottom Line: No guarantees here but cars in garages, alarms, car tire locks – can help prevent the cruising criminals from seeing what you’ve got and from taking what you got. One night I was tired and did not put my car in the garage. I did not have an alarm at that time. (I do now.) I came out the next am with no Air Bags in my car. Furthermore, only a tiny back window was broken and the thief neatly tucked the remaining wires into the steering wheel. Very neat professional job! A year or two ago, one neighbor heard a slight noise during the night and he always checks. Looked out side window to see two car tire thieves, dressed all in black, using hand signals to each other, not talking, while they started removing the tires. He couldn’t get the neighbor on the phone (had changed numbers without telling others) so he put up the blind, created noise, and the perps ran off immediately.
Do You Have Wheel Locks On Your Car?

If you have wheel locks, please do not leave the lock in your glove box since thieves are beginning to look there for them. Also, if you have a garage, PLEASE USE IT.

The 12th Police Precinct

There are several communites within the 12 precinct boundaries which have helped reduced crime.  The 12th police precinct wants to reach out to other communities. Would anyone be interested in volunteering their time in making phone calls from the 12th precinct? A message will be prepared specific to the crime concerns in each area. Working with Sergeant Bledsoe, information on establishing block clubs, neighborhood watches, citizen band radio patrols etc. will be included. The possibility of having a ROBO dialing system is being looked into (computerized dialing system).
If you are interested  in making phone calls please contact Sergeant Bledsoe at 313-596-1221 to coordinate scheduling. There is  a desk and phone waiting for you.

Detroit Police Department Executive Team

The Executive Team For The Detroit Police Department can be found at this link.


The Detroit Police Department is eager to provide every resident of Detroit with news and other information that matters in neighborhoods. If you would like to regularly receive safety tips, crime alerts or details regarding upcoming activities, please send your e-mail address to with a subject header of DPD Mailing List.

Participating community newsletter editors will benefit greatly by receiving important information directly from the Detroit Police Department that can be distributed to their readers.

The Detroit Police Department has an online interactive crime mapping service that allows residents to conveniently track reported crime in their neighborhoods. Visit CrimeView Community at See this link also
All categorized information in CrimeView Community is preliminary. Please refer to the FBI Web site at for the official City of Detroit crime statistics.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Information at 313-596-2200.

If you are aware that the above information needs to be updated please email or call (313) 927-2674.

One Response to :
Reducing Crime In Detroit

  1. kekc89 says:

    Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James Craig and other officials say there s no question the program is helping businesses keep crime away. But is that backed up by data?

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