City of Alexandria, VA
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
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
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.
|Type of Call Responding To||2005||2006||% Change|
|Auto Theft Recovery||220||189||-14.1%|
|E911 Hang-up Calls||2,360||2,222||-5.8%|
|Locked in Auto||58||60||3.4%|
|Loud Party / Radio||167||236||41.3%|
|Property Lost / Found||1,074||1,080||0.6%|
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%).