Alexandria Police Announce Four Percent Decrease in Crime in 2016
The Alexandria Police Department announces that total Part I crime decreased four percent in calendar year 2016 versus 2015. Alexandria continues to experience historic crime lows.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) divides offenses into two categories, Part I and Part II crimes. Part I crimes are considered more serious in nature because they include crimes against people. Statistics from 2016 show some of the lowest Part I crimes the City has experienced since the 1960's. All but two categories of Part I crime dropped in 2016.
While three additional homicides occurred in Alexandria in 2016 than in 2015 (from four to seven), five of the seven homicide cases were closed in the calendar year. Rape and aggravated assault, which increased in 2015, both decreased in 2016, by 37% and 17% respectively.
Officers in Alexandria continue to remain active and vigilant despite an overall decrease in incidents. Calls for service, which includes traffic stops made by officers, dropped by two percent from 70,255 in 2015 to 68,610 in 2016. A total of 4,902 arrests were made in 2016.
"The decreasing crime rate reflects well on our community and the hard work of the employees of the Alexandria Police Department and our partners," said Chief Michael Brown. "By working together and strengthening our community partnerships, we can keep Alexandria a safe city for all those who live, work and visit here."
For more information about crime statistics, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Police.