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Charleston, West Virginia Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 30,177 total crimes reported in Charleston, West Virginia (4,161 of them violent). Of the 4,311 crimes that happen every year in Charleston, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Charleston, West Virginia every 2 hours. This includes 46 murders, 150 rapes, and greater than twenty thousand thefts (including 2,340 auto thefts).

Total Crime in Charleston, West Virginia (1999, 2002, 2004-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 2000, 2001 or 2003, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Charleston, West Virginia for 7 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Charleston has lessened by 39%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 2%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 7 years in Charleston. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to four thousand for Charleston, West Virginia in 2009.

Crime Trends Charleston, West Virginia (1999, 2002, 2004-2008)

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 cities like Charleston, West Virginia (1999, 2002, 2004-2008)

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

Charleston, West Virginia law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The FBI has noted the following deviations from their data quality guidelines:

  • In 1999, due to changes in reporting practices, annexations, and/or incomplete data, figures are not comparable to previous years' data.
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