State Crime Report Details Positive Trend

By: Carter Johnson Email
By: Carter Johnson Email

May 7, 2012

Virginia State Police Monday announced the release of the yearly report on on local and statewide crime figures. They say homicide and other violent crimes in the state are declining. But drug offenses are increasing.

The document, titled Crime in Virginia, provides precise rates and occurrences of crimes committed in towns, cities and counties across the Commonwealth last year. The report breaks down criminal offenses by the reporting agency as well as arrests by jurisdiction.

The report says the homicide rate fell from 4.61 per 100,000 population in 2010 to 3.77 in 2011. Robberies fell 4 percent. Burglary, motor vehicle theft and other property crimes declined 2.2 percent. Meanwhile, drug offenses increased 7.1 percent in 2011, following a 5.3 percent increase in 2010.

Locally, Charlottesville Police Lt. Ronnie Roberts says, the same trends are true. "It pretty much reflects the same thing that we're seeing here: burglaries being down, the homicide rate being down, property crimes being down. Those are the type of crimes that you do see a decline in," he said.

The report employs an Incident Based Reporting (IBR) method for calculating offenses. IBR divides crimes into two categories: Group A for serious offenses including violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault), property crimes and drug offenses, and Group B less serious offenses including trespassing, disorderly conduct, bad checks and liquor law violations where an arrest has occurred.

In Albemarle County, there were 1,059 Group A offenses committed by adults and another 193 committed by juveniles. There were 1,508 Group B offenses committed by adults and 138 by juveniles. That brings the total number of offenses in the county last year to 2,567 by adults and 331 by juveniles.

In the City of Charlottesville, there were 1,110 Group A offenses committed by adults and only 32 by juveniles. Adults committed 2,142 Group B offenses, while juveniles committed only 29. The grand total number of offenses in the city last year was 3,252 by adults and 61 by juveniles.

For Group A offenses, between 2010 and 2011, adult arrests in Virginia increased 2 percent. Juvenile arrests for Group A offenses decreased 3.1 percent statewide during the same time period. Crime in Virginia reports that Group B arrests decreased 1.9 percent for adults, and decreased 15.1 percent for juveniles from 2010 to 2011.

There were a total of 360,008 arrests in 2010 compared to 355,595 arrests in 2011, representing a decrease of 1.2 percent.

To read the full report, click here.

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