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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

Part One 2007 Graphics A

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

Part One 2007 Graphics B

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.         

Part 1 2007 Graphics C

Part 1 2007 Graphics D

Part 1 2007 Graphics E

Type of Call Responding To20052006% Change
Abandoned Auto786678-13.7%
Animal Case1,9772,0785.1%
Auto Theft871706-18.9%
Auto Theft Recovery220189-14.1%
Bomb Threat91233.3%
Citizen Assist2,0831,991-4.4%
Domestic Trouble2,9912,710-9.4%
E911 Hang-up Calls2,3602,222-5.8%
Locked in Auto58603.4%
Loud Party / Radio16723641.3%
Missing Person373346-7.2%
Noise Complaint2,8722,707-5.7%
Phone Calls502435-13.3%
Property Lost / Found1,0741,0800.6%
Public Service737666-9.6%
Sex Offense18522119.5%
Suspicious Event3,1703,041-4.1%
Traffic Hazard56779239.7%
Traffic Problem4694873.8%
Trouble Unknown1,6351,7698.2%

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%).