Criminal Defense – VA Crime Stats

Crime in Virginia

Compiled By Uniform Crime Reporting Section,
Department of State PolicePast Crime in Virginia Publications

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is a system of collecting and analyzing crime and arrest statistics gathered on selected types of crime by participating law enforcement agencies throughout the State. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, the Department of State Police serves as the central repository. We acknowledge the efforts made by these agencies in making this report accurate and concise.
With the 1999 publication, we began reporting Uniform Crime in an Incident Based format. The new Incident Based Reporting central repository went into production in January 1994. At that time all contributing agencies were given five years to convert their summary system into an incident based system. By the end of 1999 not all agencies had completed this process. Because of this, for the year 1999 only, we listed separate totals for those agencies using IBR and those agencies reporting summary data.
With the 2000 publication, all information was in the Incident Based format.  All but a few agencies had completed the conversion process, and by that time we were no longer accepting summary hard copy reports.  
With more recent publications, most agencies have submitted complete annual totals.  If not, a footnote indicates the total number of months data were submitted.  The statewide population for the publications are provisional estimates provided by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia.
While the figures reported in this publication are the most accurate available, it must be remembered that they represent a “snapshot” of incidents reported by local law enforcement agencies as well as follow UCR definitions. As such, it is possible that the number and categorization of offenses may differ when comparing these data with those from individual reporting agencies. If there are concerns with these differences, it is suggested that you contact the agency directly.
Please contact us if you need legal advice.
Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.
Charlottesville, VA
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