Alexandria Police Department Announces Nuisance Crimes Decreased Nearly 15% In 2020

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Alexandria Police Department Announces Nuisance Crimes Decreased Nearly 15% In 2020

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2021

The Alexandria Police Department reports Nuisance crimes fell 14.7 percent in 2020, continuing a downward trend for a third straight year.

There were 1,915 reported nuisance crimes in 2020, down from 2,244 in 2019.  Nuisance crimes are defined as unreasonable and unlawful use of property, which causes inconvenience or damage to others.  They include certain drug and narcotic offenses, vandalism, driving under the influence, liquor law violations, disorderly conduct, prostitution, and gambling charges.

“The Covid-19 pandemic and the decriminalization of marijuana impacted nuisance crimes in 2020,” said Chief Michael Brown.  “Nightlife activities were largely shutdown or restricted starting in mid-March, which impacted nuisance crimes involving alcohol.”

Driving Under the Influence offenses fell nearly 40%, while drunkenness offenses decreased by 28%, and liquor law violations were down 54%.

Drug and narcotic offenses decreased nearly 38% in 2020.  The decriminalization of marijuana began on July 1, 2020.  Possession of small amounts of marijuana (up to one ounce) started carrying a civil fine of up to $25.

2020 Part 2 Nuisance Crimes Chart

For media inquiries only, contact Amanda Paga, Senior Public Information Officer, at amanda.paga@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.6600.

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