From a press release today from the Richmond Police Department:
In 2011, Richmond’s violent crime numbers were lowest they had been in more than 40 years. In 2012, with violent crime dropping another seven percent, Richmond has set a new, even lower benchmark, and has made history yet again in that category. However, an increase in property crime – up by five percent – has pushed the overall number of major crimes up by three percent when compared to 2011.
The drop in violent crime occurred despite five more homicides in 2012 and a two percent increase in business robberies. These incidents were offset by decreases in aggravated assault, individual robberies and rapes that were down seven, eight and 22 percent, respectively.
“Violent crime was down yet again in Richmond because police officers and residents have truly formed a community partnership when it comes to safety,” said Chief Bryan T. Norwood. “The continued drop in violent crime is a testament to that partnership. However, despite our success in that area there is still work to do – in particular in the area of property crime.”