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]

Virginia has the 3rd lowest rape rate, after New Jersey and New York.[2]

The state has a 40% lower overall crime rate, and a 50% lower violent crime rate per capita than neighboring similar demographic Maryland.[3]

By Location[edit]


In 2012, Richmond, Virginia had 42 murders, a murder rate of 20.2 per 100,000. [4]

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.[5] Today Richmond is not in the top 25 of violent crime or murder. [6]

Capital punishment laws[edit]

Capital punishment is applied in this state. Both the electric chair and lethal injection are used to execute prisoners.[7]

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