Crime in Virginia

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Crime in Virginia has generally decreased from 2005 to 2011, particularly with respect to violent crime. Overall, there were 424,882 crimes reported in 2011, including 305 murders and homicides.[1]

By Location[edit]


In 2004, Richmond, Virginia had 93 murders, a murder rate of 47.3 per 100,000 people which is comparable to much larger cities such as Detroit or Baltimore.[citation needed]

In 2007, Richmond had 51 murders, which is a murder rate of 27 per 100,000. In 2007 The FBI Uniform Crime Reports ranked Richmond as the 5th worst city for violent crimes with populations of 100,000 to 250,000.[2] [3][4]

Capital punishment laws[edit]

Capital punishment is applied in this state. Both the electric chair and lethal injection are used to execute prisoners.[5]