City of Alexandria, VA
The crimereports.com Web site was developed to help citizens visualize and understand crime in their communities. Since 2002, the Alexandria Police Department has provided searchable online crime data through the City's online crime search engine. Through a partnership with crimereports.com, citizens can now query and view Alexandria crime data using an online Geographic Information System (GIS). Using crimereports.com, crime data is standardized so that citizens can view data across jurisdictional boundaries. It also allows citizens to view crime for an entire region, neighborhood or block.
The data represented on the crimereports.com Web site is extracted daily from the Alexandria Police Department’s Records Management System (RMS). The data is broken out into several general categories on the crimereports.com website. Explanations of each general crime category are listed below in the table. Crime data is dynamic and changes as report statuses and cases are reclassified. Changes and updates to case type and status may take from one to seven days before they are visible in the crimereports.com website.
Crimereports.com details two types of crimes: Part 1 and Part 2 offenses. The difference between Part 1 and Part 2 crimes is important to understand as you review the following information.
Part 1 Crime: Part 2 Crime:
The Alexandria Police Department reports the crimes listed above to the Virginia State Police each month. This data is calculated, analyzed and reported in both Crime in Virginia and the FBI’s Crime in the United States publications.
Many of the Part 2 crimes are generated by police officers who witness the offense in progress or through investigation. Higher numbers of certain Part 2 offenses often show an increase in police presence in a certain neighborhood. Officers are directed to target alcohol offenses, gambling, drugs and persons who are driving under the influence. Detectives also conduct prostitution stings that often lead to arrests and an increase in reported prostitution offenses.
Please note that the crime categories used by crimereports.com are not the same categories used by the Alexandria Police Department. The list below shows every Alexandria Police Department crime type included in the crimereports.com grouping table. In addition, the Alexandria Police Department did not contribute data under the Proactive Policing section of crime reports. Please visit the Strategic Response System section of the Alexandria Police Department’s Web site for information on our policing strategies.
To link to the Crime Reports Web site, please visit www.crimereports.com.
For questions regarding this application or the data it contains, please contact the Public Information Office at 703.746.6600.