Crime Prevention Services
Prospective residents or current residents responding to a
neighborhood call for information often request statistics on
the occurrence of crime in a particular area. These statistics
are available through the Crime Prevention Section. A phone call
is all that is required to receive data on the types, frequency,
and areas where specified crimes have occurred. To request crime
statistics, contact the Crime Prevention Section at (248)
The Vacation Hotline, (248) 871-2762, is a direct line to a
Crime Prevention Section voicemail recorder. It is designed to
provide responding officers with contact information should they
be called to an emergency at the house while the resident is on
vacation. It does not provide for special attention or extra
When you call the Vacation Hotline, be sure to include your
name, address, dates of departure/return, a contact person in
case of emergency, and any other pertinent information such as
cars left in the driveway or lights on timers.
Scheduling a Presenter or Tour
Tours of the police facility may be scheduled by contacting the
Crime Prevention Section. Tours are available to school groups,
scouting troops, and other organizations and include a view of
Operations, Records, Communications, the detention area, and the
Tours may be requested through the Crime Prevention Section at
Landscape Design Principles for Crime Prevention
Stopping crime before it happens is an important goal for the
City of Farmington Hills. The City believes that a safe
community is a desirable community. The Farmington Hills Police
Department has established a Crime Prevention program designed
to help members of the community identify practical and
meaningful methods to address safety concerns in their
environments. Often, the methods involve simply re-thinking the
way we place things in the environment.
Below are some guidelines and suggestions to consider when
designing new landscapes or preparing maintenance plans:
- Avoid planting evergreen shrubs beneath windows and around
entranceways. If evergreen shrubs are present already, prune
them at the bottom so that objects or people can be seen beneath
and behind them.
- Keep shrubs pruned to no more than 4 1/2 feet in height
around entranceways and windows, where possible. Trim them up
from the ground and keep them below window level.
- If shrubs are planted beneath windows, consider planting
shrubs that are ‘prickly’ or have thorns to discourage people
from hiding behind them.
- Police officers in vehicles can patrol the City more
efficiently if they can see into developments from the street.
When designing landscapes in apartment or condominium complexes,
consider the following:
- Solid walls provide concealment. Although they offer
privacy, they also create a security risk. Use walls
cautiously. A see-through fence (i.e. wrought iron with
decorative brick pillars) can provide the separation desired
without blocking important views.
- Trim the bottom branches of evergreen trees around
doorways, carports and between public thoroughfares and
- Carports provide good protection for cars. They also
provide a great place for people to hide. If carports are
part of a development, make sure the inside of the carport
can be seen from the street.