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2018-01-10 / Front Page

County crime from 2007-2016

In most categories, crime incidents are down
BY RICH GRISET STAFF WRITER

Chesterfield’s crime rate has fallen 17.8 percent during the past 10 years, looking at figures from 2007 to 2016.

According to information pulled from Virginia State Police’s Crime in Virginia report – which compiles statistics from local and state law enforcement agencies – crime was at its lowest in 2016 over the 10-year period.

Even as Chesterfield’s population rose by more than 35,000 during this period, the number of crime incidents fell from 17,935 to 15,478, a 13.7 percent decrease.

Not accounting for the rise in population, the raw numbers fell in many categories of crime listed in the reports. Robberies fell 40.4 percent, from 329 in 2007 to 196 in 2006. Aggravated assaults fell from 286 to 184 during the same period, a 35.7 percent drop.

There were 10 homicides in 2007 and nine in 2016; 2009 saw only two homicides and none were reported in 2010. The number of forcible rape incidents dipped from 71 in 2007 down to 36 in 2011, then rose again, with 67 reported incidents in 2016. Other sex crimes rose from 198 in 2007 to a high of 241 in 2014. There were 235 reported incidents in 2016.

Simple assault/intimidation saw 5,114 reported cases in 2007. That number rose to a high of 6,384 in 2010, then dipped back to 4,943 by 2016. Arsons fell from 105 in 2007 to 55 in 2016, a decrease of 47.6 percent. The number of reported kidnapping/abductions rose from 69 in 2007 to a 10-year high of 83 the following year. The year 2011 saw a 10-year low of 33, and 2016 had 80.

Burglaries have also declined since 2007, dropping from 1,645 to 1,092 in 2016, a 33.6 percent decline. Larceny numbers have been fairly consistent; 5,270 in 2016, compared to 5,443 in 2007.

Kidnapping/abduction cases are up, 80 in 2016 compared to 69 in 2007, a rise of 15.9 percent. Drug cases have risen from 1,655 in 2007 to 2,223 in 2016, a rise of 34.3 percent.

As the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report uses per capita statistics – and Chesterfield’s population grew during this period – it further shows just how much crime has fallen in many categories. Homicides fell from 3.4 per 100,000 people in 2007 to 2.7 per 100,000 people in 2016; robberies from 110.1 incidents to 58.7 incidents per 100,000 people; aggravated assaults from 95.7 incidents to 55.1 incidents per 100,000 people. In addition, the per capita rate for arson dropped from 35.15 to 16.47, burglary from 550.7 to 327, and forcible rape from 23.8 to 20.1. Other sex crimes rose from 66.3 to 70.4 per 100,000 people. Extortion/blackmail also rose during this time, from one incident per 100,000 to three incidents per 100,000.

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