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.
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%.
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.
Type of Call Responding To20052006% ChangeAbandoned Auto786678-13.7%Accident6,4376,143-4.6%Alarm5,5395,7563.9%Ambulance/Fire856850-0.7%Animal Case1,9772,0785.1%Assault731701-4.1%Auto Theft871706-18.9%Auto Theft Recovery220189-14.1%Bomb Threat91233.3%Burglary6707136.4%Citizen Assist2,0831,991-4.4%Disorderly5,7335,565-2.9%Domestic Trouble2,9912,710-9.4%Drugs8028425.0%Drunk1,3221,3814.5%E911 Hang-up Calls2,3602,222-5.8%Escort10972-33.9%Fight6827094.0%Homicide110.0%Larceny3,3343,015-9.6%Locked in Auto58603.4%Loud Party / Radio16723641.3%Missing Person373346-7.2%Noise Complaint2,8722,707-5.7%Other4,7544,326-9.0%Parking4,5884,6240.8%Phone Calls502435-13.3%Property Lost / Found1,0741,0800.6%Prowler4834-29.2%Public Service737666-9.6%Robbery2332413.4%Sex Offense18522119.5%Suspicious Event3,1703,041-4.1%Traffic Hazard56779239.7%Traffic Problem4694873.8%Trespass6937366.2%Trouble Unknown1,6351,7698.2%Vandalism1,4711,5616.1%Weapon4384727.8%Totals61,54760,168-2.2%
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%).
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