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Media Release

News Release No. #5

May 7, 2012

VIRGINIA’S ANNUAL CRIME ANALYSIS REPORT NOW AVAILABLE ON

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE WEB SITE

RICHMOND – Virginia’s official and only comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2011 is now available online at the Virginia State Police Web site at http://www.vsp.virginia.gov, under “Forms & Publications.” The detailed document, titled Crime in Virginia, provides precise rates and occurrences of crimes committed in towns, cities and counties across the Commonwealth. The report breaks down criminal offenses by the reporting agency as well as arrests by jurisdiction.

The following 2011 crime trends within Virginia are presented in the report:

Virginia experienced a decline in violent crime of 6.2 percent compared to 2010; the FBI figures for the same period of time are not yet available.

Property crime such as burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft decreased 2.2 percent; the FBI figures for the same period of time are not yet available.

The homicide rate decreased for 2011 (3.77) compared to 2010 (4.61) per 100,000 population. Based on the numbers reported, those 20 to 29 years of age comprised nearly one-third of all homicide victims (28 percent). Of this age group, the overwhelming majority were males (79 percent).

Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts decreased 7.5 percent. Of the 9,626 motor vehicles stolen, 5,352 over one-half were recovered (55.6%). Automobiles and trucks stolen had the highest percent recovered (64 percent, 62 percent), while recreational and “other” motor vehicles had the lowest percent recovered (43 percent, 31 percent). Nearly four out of ten (38 percent) of all motor vehicle offenses were reported stolen from the location of residence/home, the same as in both 2009 and 2010. The value of all motor vehicles stolen was $62,838,098, while the value recovered was $36,275,197 or 58 percent.

Drug and narcotic offenses showed slight decreases 2009 (-2.5%) and 2008 (-3.5%). For the last two years drug offenses increased 5.3 percent in 2010 and 7.1 percent in 2011.

Robbery decreased 4.0 percent. Of the 5,451 robberies and attempted robberies, approximately 1 in 5 (19.6%) took place between 10 p.m. and midnight. The days of the week showed little variability, however, slightly more robberies occurred on Fridays and Saturdays than the other days of the week. Of all individual robbery victims, most were male (69 percent) as were offenders (94 percent) whose gender was reported.

Of the weapons reported, firearms were the most frequently used in homicides (73 percent) and robberies (56 percent).

There were 153 hate crimes reported in 2011. Nearly two-thirds were racially or ethnically motivated (63 percent) while 18 percent were motivated by religious bias. The remaining 19 percent reported sexual orientation or disability bias. The offense of destruction/ damage/vandalism of property was listed most often when associated with all types of hate crimes while the offense of assault reported next most frequently (48 percent and 41 percent, respectively).

The report employs an Incident Based Reporting (IBR) method for calculating offenses, thus allowing for greater accuracy. 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.

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.

Per state mandate, the Department of Virginia State Police serves as the primary collector of crime data from participating Virginia state and local police departments and sheriffs’ offices. The data are collected by the Virginia State Police Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division via an automated system, and then compiled into Crime in Virginia, an annual report for use by law enforcement, elected officials, media and the general public. These data become the official crime statistics for the Commonwealth and are sent to the FBI which incorporates them in their annual report, Crime in the United States.