Guide to Understanding Crime and Data
The CommunityCrimeMap.com website 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. Residents can query and view Alexandria crime data using an online Geographic Information System (GIS). 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 is extracted daily from the Alexandria Police Department’s Records Management System (RMS). The data is broken out into several general categories. 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 on CommunityCrimeMap.com.
CommunityCrimeMap.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
- Aggravated Assault
- Stolen Auto
Part 2 Crime
- Disorderly Conduct
- Liquor Law Violations
- Drug Offenses
- Driving Under the Influence
- Destruction of Property/Vandalism
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 CommunityCrimeMap.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 CommunityCrimeMap.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 CommunityCrimeMap.com.
|Alexandria Police Department Crime Type
|Homicide, homicide for hire, negligent homicide
|Breaking & Entering
Residential burglary, commercial burglary and burglary of storage shed and storage area
|Street robbery, bank robbery, carjacking and robbery of commercial business
|Larceny from building (petit and grand), shoplifting (petit and grand), pickpocket, purse snatch, larceny of bicycle (petit and grand) and larceny from machine (petit and grand)
|Theft of Vehicle
|Attempted and committed grand larceny auto (GLA) Vehicle types include all vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and trucks
|Theft from Vehicle
|Grand and petit larceny from vehicle, grand and petit larceny of vehicles parts (license plates, tires, catalytic converters, etc) Thefts include forced and no forced entry into the targeted vehicles
Recovered grand larceny auto (GLA) stolen from Alexandria or from other jurisdictions
|Rape, attempted rape, marital rape, rape of child under 12 years
|Other Sexual Offenses
|Peeping tom, indecent exposure, sexual battery, sodomy and indecent liberties
|Assault w/Deadly Weapon
|Felonious assault, felonious assault on a police officer and weapon brandishing (firearm, knife, blunt object, vehicle, etc)
|Simple assault and assault & battery
|Includes recovered stolen property, destruction of property and graffiti
|Arson, attempted arson and threat to burn
|Sudden death and suicide
|Child abuse and child in need of services
|Forgery, fraud, fail to appear, identity theft, police information cases, protective order violation, stalking, trespassing, annoying phone calls, credit card offenses
|Missing person reports (adult and juvenile)
|Concealed weapons, illegal discharge of a weapon and illegal possession of a weapon
|Disorderly conduct, gambling, littering, noise violations, prostitution, urinating in public and panhandling
|Drug possession, drug possession with the intent to distribute and distribution. Drug types include cocaine, marijuana, heroin, PCP and all other illegal narcotics (including illegally obtained prescription medication).
|Drunkenness, liquor law violations, driving under the influence and illegal alcohol possession by a minor
|Vehicle crashes, pedestrian involved crashes, motorcycle involved crashes and bicycle involved crashes
or questions regarding this application or the data it contains, please contact the Alexandria Police Department's Public Information Office at 703.746.6600.