2021 Virginia Crime Statistics Now Available on State Police Website
RICHMOND – Virginia’s official and unique report of local and statewide crime numbers for 2021, titled Crime in Virginia, is now available online at the Virginia State Police website. Virginie on the VSP CJIS Data Analysis & Reporting Team page. Virginia Crime continues to provide accurate rates and occurrences of crimes committed in cities and counties throughout the Commonwealth. The report breaks down criminal offenses and arrests by reporting agency.
Violent crimes include murder offenses, forcible sexual offenses (rape, buggery, and sexual assault with an object under the FBI’s updated definition of rape), robbery, and aggravated assault. Overall, the violent crime rate decreased from 183.0 in 2020 to 194.4 (per 100,000 population) in 2021. There were 16,823 reported violent crimes in 2021, compared to 15,713 reported violent crimes in 2020, which represents an increase of 7.1%.
The following 2021 crime figures for Virginia are featured in the report:
- The number of reported homicides increased from 528 to 562 (6.4%). The non-negligent murder/manslaughter rate increased from 6.15 in 2020 to 6.49 in 2021 (per 100,000 population). Victims and perpetrators were generally younger men; 38.6% of homicide victims were male aged 18-34 and 55.7% of known perpetrators were male aged 18-34. Almost half (47.5%) of all homicides occurred in a residence.
- Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts increased by 3.8% compared to 2020. In 2021, 11,638 motor vehicles were reported stolen in connection with 11,249 offences. In 2021, 7,589 motor vehicles were recovered (vehicles may have been stolen before 2021). Of all stolen motor vehicles, 35.4% were stolen from homes. The declared value of all motor vehicles stolen was $131,738,135.
- Drug-related arrests fell by nearly half (46.7%) with the largest percentage decrease among arrestees under the age of 25 (67.6%). The number of reports of seized drugs has decreased for almost all types of drugs, particularly marijuana (67%), in part due to the decriminalization of possession of less than 1 ounce of drugs effective July 1, 2020 and of the repeal of Virginia Code §18.2-250.1 July 1, 2021.
- Burglaries have decreased by 8.3% between 2020 and 2021. Indeed, burglaries and attempted burglaries have steadily decreased over the past ten years. In 2021 there were 10,464 burglaries and attempted burglaries while in 2011 there were 27,872, representing a decrease in the burglary rate over the last decade from 344.24 to 120.89 per 100,000 inhabitants.
- Fraud offenses increased by 8.4% compared to 2020. Nearly 80% of victims (79.9%) were individuals while 11.3% were businesses. Almost a quarter (23.2%) of fraud victims were over 65 years old.
- Among known weapons reported for violent crimes, firearms were used in 82.1% of homicides and 48.6% of robberies. Firearms were used in more than one-third (38.7%) of aggravated assault cases.
- In 2021, 123 hate crimes were reported, involving 106 victims. This represents a decrease of 35.3% from 2020. Most hate crimes (69.8%) were racially or ethnically motivated. Prejudice against sexual orientation and religion came next (19.0%, 8.7%, respectively). Of all reported bias crimes, 75.6% were assault (aggravated assault, common assault) or destruction/damage/vandalism of property.
The report uses an incident-based reporting (IBR) method to calculate infractions, allowing for greater accuracy. The IBR divides crimes into two categories: Group A for serious offenses, including violent crimes (murder, forced sexual offenses, robbery and aggravated assault), property crimes and drug offenses , and Group B for what are considered less serious offenses such as trespassing, disorderly conduct. , and liquor law violations where an arrest has occurred.
In accordance with the state’s mandate, the Virginia State Police Department serves as the primary collector of crime data from participating Virginia state and local police departments and sheriff’s offices. The data is collected by the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) of the Virginia State Police via a secure internet system. This information is then compiled into Crime in Virginia, an annual report for use by law enforcement, elected officials, the media and the general public. This data becomes the official crime statistics for the Commonwealth and is sent to the FBI for incorporation into its annual report, Crime in the United States.