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Alexandria Police Department Crime and Calls for Service Statistics

The Alexandria Police Department is reporting that serious crime decreased 7.3% in 2006. Crime dropped in three of the seven Part 1 crime categories. The decrease was predominantly driven by a large decrease in auto theft. Violent crime also decreased 4% in 2006. This decrease is due to a large decline in aggravated assaults.

Part I Crime Comparison

 

2005
2006
Change
% Change
Violent Crimes Homicide
4
5
1
25.0%
Rape
23
23
0
0%
Robbery
197
202
5
2.5%
Aggravated Assault
201
178
-23
-11.4%
Property Crimes Burglary
371
389
18
4.9%
Auto Theft
513
380
-133
-25.9%
Larceny
2,699
2,537
-162
-6.0%
TOTAL
4,008
3,714
-294
-7.3%

Historical Crime Data

With a growing population and expanding retail industry and office space, the opportunity for crime also increases. When looking at the levels of criminal activity over time, a more meaningful comparison can be gained by observing the crime statistics per 1,000 population (estimated to be 137,600 in 2006) during those years. The following table and graph clearly show a downward trend in Part I Crimes when they are expressed as a rate based on population. Reported Part I Crimes decreased 7.3% in 2006 over the previous year as did total Part I Crimes per 1,000 population (27 Part I Crimes per 1,000 residents). There were 56 Part I Crimes per 1,000 population in 1997 and 27 per 1,000 in 2006, a decrease of 51.7%.

Part I Crimes Per 1,000 Population 1997 – 2006

 
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
Population
117,000
119,500
121,700
128,283
132,700
135,000
135,000
134,000
135,900
137,600
Violent Crime
5
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
Property Crime
51
47
44
39
41
41
36
30
26
24
Total Part I Crime
56
51
47
41*
44
44
39
33
29
27

Interesting observations can be made when comparing the high and low points for individual crime types during the 10-year period from 1997 through 2006, as show below.

  • From 1997 to 2006, homicides ranged from a high of seven in 1998 and to a low of two in 1995, 1999, 2002 and 2004.
  • In 1997, there were 46 rapes. The 2006 total is 23 cases, a decrease of 50% from 1997 to 2006. The 10-year average for rapes is 27 per year.
  • The 2006 total of 202 robberies is 2.5% higher than the 2005 total. During the last 10 years the high point for robberies was 1997, when 267 robberies were reported.
  • Aggravated assaults reached a high point of 288 in 1997. The ten-year average is 204 per year.
  • There were 389 burglaries reported in 2006. The high point for burglaries during the past 10 years was reached in 1997 with 819 break-ins.
  • The 2006 total of 2,537 larcenies is 6% lower than the number reported in 2005 (2,699). During the last 10 years, larcenies reached a high point in 1997 when 4,363 thefts were reported. This change in larcenies is due to the large decrease in larcenies from autos and of auto parts.
  • From 1997 to 2006, the high point for auto thefts was 1997, when there were 813 reports of auto theft. There were 380 auto thefts in 2006, a 25.9% decrease from the 513 cars stolen in 2005. The ten-year average for stolen autos is 672.


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Ten Year Trend

Calls for Service Statistics

Type of Call Responding To 2005 2006 % Change
Abandoned Auto 786 678 -13.7%
Accident 6,437 6,143 -4.6%
Alarm 5,539 5,756 3.9%
Ambulance/Fire 856 850 -0.7%
Animal Case 1,977 2,078 5.1%
Assault 731 701 -4.1%
Auto Theft 871 706 -18.9%
Auto Theft Recovery 220 189 -14.1%
Bomb Threat 9 12 33.3%
Burglary 670 713 6.4%
Citizen Assist 2,083 1,991 -4.4%
Disorderly 5,733 5,565 -2.9%
Domestic Trouble 2,991 2,710 -9.4%
Drugs 802 842 5.0%
Drunk 1,322 1,381 4.5%
E911 Hang-up Calls 2,360 2,222 -5.8%
Escort 109 72 -33.9%
Fight 682 709 4.0%
Homicide 1 1 0.0%
Larceny 3,334 3,015 -9.6%
Locked in Auto 58 60 3.4%
Loud Party / Radio 167 236 41.3%
Missing Person 373 346 -7.2%
Noise Complaint 2,872 2,707 -5.7%
Other 4,754 4,326 -9.0%
Parking 4,588 4,624 0.8%
Phone Calls 502 435 -13.3%
Property Lost / Found 1,074 1,080 0.6%
Prowler 48 34 -29.2%
Public Service 737 666 -9.6%
Robbery 233 241 3.4%
Sex Offense 185 221 19.5%
Suspicious Event 3,170 3,041 -4.1%
Traffic Hazard 567 792 39.7%
Traffic Problem 469 487 3.8%
Trespass 693 736 6.2%
Trouble Unknown 1,635 1,769 8.2%
Vandalism 1,471 1,561 6.1%
Weapon 438 472 7.8%
Totals 61,547 60,168 -2.2%

Whether it is a citizen calling the police to report an accident or an alarm company notifying police of a commercial alarm, the Alexandria Police Department’s Communications Center handles thousands of calls each year for police assistance. A call for service is defined as a request for police service either by phone or in person that results in a police response, usually dispatched through Communications, or as a result of a referral to the Telephone Reporting Unit. In 2006, the Alexandria Police Department handled 60,168 calls for service, down 2.2% from 2005. The most frequent types of calls for service in 2004 were accidents calls (10.2%), alarm calls (9.6%) and disorderly conduct calls (9.2%).

3600 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
703.746.1870
TDD 703.838.4896

Communications
Fax: 703.838.4978

Information Services Section
Fax: 703.746.1936

Chief of Police
Fax: 703.746.1945

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.