I get a lot of questions about crime from people who are thinking of moving to Hampton Roads or Williamsburg VA.The VA State Police has a report that compares crime statistics throughout the state of VA. It’s interesting to note that some of the smaller towns in VA have some of the highest crime rates. It’s also comforting to see the low rates of both James City County and Williamsburg where I reside and work.
Statistics are Compiled By Uniform Crime Reporting Section, Department of Virginia State Police.
Disclaimer : While the figures reported in this publication are the most accurate available, it must be remembered that they represent a “snapshot” of incidents reported by
local law enforcement agencies as well as follow UCR definitions. As such, it is possible that the number and categorization of offenses may differ when comparing these data with those from individual reporting agencies. If there are concerns with these differences, it is suggested that you contact the agency directly.
I should add that The FBI, on its web site, recommends against using its data as a ranking for a variety of reasons and does not rank the crime rates for cities. In November 2007, the executive board of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) approved a resolution opposing the development of city crime rankings from FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCRs). The resolution states the rankings "represent an irresponsible misuse of the data and do groundless harm to many communities" and "work against a key goal of our society, which is a better understanding of crime-related issues by both scientists and the public
Murder is the only statistic that all agencies are required to report. Consequently some agencies do not report all the crimes.
To the left is a chart from a few years ago:
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