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Alexandria Experiences Historic Low in Part 1 Crime

The Alexandria Police Department reports that total Part 1 crime decreased by 1.6% or 58 offenses, in calendar year 2011.  This continues the trend of historic lows in Alexandria.  These are the lowest Part 1 crimes the City has experienced since 1966.  Homicide, burglary, larceny and aggravated assaults declined in 2011; while rapes increased by one offense, robberies increased by five offenses and auto thefts increased by 92 offenses.

Part 1 Crime Statistic (January 1 – December 31)

Crime Type 2010 2011 Change % Change
Homicide* 3 1 -2 -66.7%
Rape 20 21 1 5.0%
Robbery 125 130 5 4.0%
Aggravated Assault 125 112 -13 -10.4%
Burglary 310 308 -2 -0.6%
Larceny 2,805 2,666 -139 -5.0%
Auto Theft 282 374 92 32.6%
Total 3,670 3,612 -58 -1.6%
*After the 2010 annual stats were finalized, a sudden death incident was reclassified as a homicide. 
Therefore, the revised 2010 homicide total increased from two to three.

"I am pleased to announce that the City of Alexandria experienced yet another historic low for crime in 2011.  Our success in continuing to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods is a direct result of the quality, hard work and dedication of our sworn, civilian and volunteer staff.  Our strong partnerships within the community, the Commonwealth's Attorney Office and other City agencies are an integral part of the successful reduction in crime.  We remain committed to keeping crime low and maintaining a safe and vibrant community," stated Earl L. Cook, Chief of Police.