The reported crime rate in Shockoe Bottom rose by 3% in 2019, compared to 2018, when using the data received from the Richmond Police Crime Incident Information Center. This percentage was calculated from the total of 806 reported crimes in 2019, compared to the total of 783 reported crimes the previous year. These crimes range from burglary and theft, to homicide.
This is compared to an 8% increase of crime rate, from 2017 and 2018, and a whopping 30% increase in crime rate from 2016 and 2017!
The 3 homicides in Shockoe Bottom include now-deceased Kenneth Lawson, a father of 5, who was killed this past Holiday morning in December of 2019.
Please see below for a breakdown of the crime rates, which also includes years previous to 2019! Keep in mind that this data is from reported crimes! Studies have shown that a large percentage of crimes DO NOT GO REPORTED, so these numbers may be different in reality!
Another issue that can cast doubt on the numbers shown here is that there may be the possibility of actual crimes going down, but the rate of crimes being reported are going up, which can lead to the false conclusion of crimes being on the rise. Despite these caveats, the information below is the best we have at the moment, until we can find better ways to better quantify crime.
While this data is relevant only to Shockoe Bottom, I’ll be more than happy to work on putting together some more statistics for the rest of the neighborhoods we cover in our community!
Credits for the featured image of the Main Street Station to Emory Minnick!