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West Virginia Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime data for West Virginia. You can look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime rates over time, and see how West Virginia compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records links for West Virginia, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 493,191 total crimes reported in West Virginia (50,899 of them violent). Of the 49,319 crimes that transpire each year in West Virginia, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in West Virginia every 10 minutes. This includes 632 murders, 3,373 rapes, and over three hundred and thirty-seven thousand thefts (including 35,887 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in West Virginia for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in West Virginia has climbed by 5 per-cent. In the course of the same period, violent crime dropped by 28 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a slow worsening in crime over the last 10 years in West Virginia. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit close to fifty-three thousand for West Virginia in 2009.

Crime Trends in West Virginia (1999-2008)

Bear in mind that these graphs show reported crime data and large changes in crime rates can be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

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

Individuals are dissuaded against drawing conclusions from ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a particular location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or discrepencies in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual figure bars to see crime data in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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 reporting changes, data are not comparable to previous years' data. Offense totals are based on all reporting agencies and estimates for unreported areas.
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