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Virginia Crime Statistics

This page contains crime numbers for Virginia. You can take a look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime figures over time, and see how Virginia compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Virginia, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 2,202,592 total crimes reported in Virginia (208,346 of them violent). Of the 220,259 crimes that happen every year in Virginia, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Virginia every 2 minutes. This includes 3,983 murders, 17,500 rapes, and almost two million thefts (including 166,510 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Virginia for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Virginia has lessened by 8%. During the same interval, violent crime decreased by 9%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 10 years in Virginia. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to two hundred and eleven thousand for Virginia in 2009.

Crime Trends in Virginia (1999-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like Virginia (1999-2008)

Users are warned against reading into ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a given location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or variations in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual chart bars to see crime numbers in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Virginia law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Virginia conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.