RD231 - Crime in Virginia 2020

Executive Summary:

2020 Facts At A Glance

• The total number of incidents reported was 338,784. (Page 10)

• The total number of offenses reported was 379,450 and the month of January had the greatest number of offenses reported with 36,043. (Page 9 & 10)

• In the number of reported incidents, there were 394,553 Group A Crimes reported by the contributing agencies. (Page 8)

• There were 15,713 violent crime offenses involving 18,173 victims. Of all violent crime offenses, 51% occurred at a residence. (Page 53)

• There were 4,679 victims of the 4,423 forcible sex offenses reported by the contributing agencies. (Page 19)

• The total theft of property was $357,789,863 and stolen automotive property accounted for a property loss of $136,782,375. (Page 46)

• Firearms represented 41% of all known weapons used in aggravated assaults. Of all victims of aggravated assault, 56.8% had some type of injury. (Page 16)

• There were 1,973 assaults on officers reported in Virginia. More than one-quarter (27.3%) involved some type of injury to the officer. (Page 57)

• Of the 190 hate crime offenses reported, 77% of these were assault offenses(aggravated assault, simple assault) or vandalism/damage of property offenses. (Page 53)

• Drug arrests decreased by more than a third (36.7%) with the largest decrease in the under 18 age group (49%). (Page 49)

• The number of reports of drugs seized decreased for nearly all drug types, especially marijuana (31.7%), due in large part to decriminalization of the drug effective July 1,2020. (Page 48)

Data fluctuates as investigations continue. The data reflected in this publication is as of March 15, 2021. If an occurrence or incident date is unknown, the date used for data collection is the date the incident was reported. If a range of dates, the date used is the first date of the range.

Clearance Rates: The IBR system does not accurately reflect the volume of clearances each department produces in a given year. Additionally, the number of arrests in a jurisdiction does not provide precise offense clearance information in that one person arrested could clear multiple offenses. Please contact individual agencies for incident clearance information.