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Reported Crime Rate in Shockoe Bottom Rose by 3% in 2019 Compared to 2018

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.

The good news is, it seems that 2019 saw the least increase in crime rate over recent years!

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!

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Paul Allen
Paul Allen
8 months ago

Democratic leadership has its costs…

Michael Grabow
Michael Grabow
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

Paul I guess democratic leadership is also responsible for the 21% drop in citywide homicides from 2017 to 2018 then.

Paul Allen
Paul Allen
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

Michael perhaps. But also that 26% tax increase since 2017.

Paul Allen
Paul Allen
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

Michael what have Democrats ever done for this city? They’ve had control since the civil war!

Michael Grabow
Michael Grabow
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

Paul Tell me more about this tax increase, I must have missed it somehow.

Paul Allen
Paul Allen
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

Michael lord knows they haven’t improved our schools, fixed our roads, or created jobs.

Paul Allen
Paul Allen
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

Michael look at citywide taxes since Levar took the reins.

Paul Allen
Paul Allen
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

Michael you’re obviously not an Econ major.

Michael Grabow
Michael Grabow
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

Paul why can’t you cite anything? You just referenced an awfully specific number. The real estate tax hasn’t moved.

Rachel Woolwine Davis
Rachel Woolwine Davis
8 months ago

Get those crappy bars out of there.

Michael Grabow
Michael Grabow
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

For someone who can post this many comments, you don’t have anything substantive to say.

Justin Fritch
Justin Fritch
8 months ago

Compared to the improvements over the years, a 3% increase is not really worth talking about.

Nia McCabe Strei
Nia McCabe Strei
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Allen

Michael omg look at the assessments!

Richard Borean
Richard Borean
8 months ago

This makes me wonder if something changed in 2014-2016 (perhaps from the reporting side) that would have lead to a sharp decrease in the number of crimes being filed as “other.”

Kiet Vo
Kiet Vo
8 months ago

Hi Richard Borean, thank you for your contribution! I actually did wonder what “other” was defined as while I was doing my research for the article. I went ahead and sent a few questions to their media relations department and I’ll get back to you when and if they reply!

herbert carlson
herbert carlson
8 months ago

Number of crimes reported is not a crime rate, the raw number of crimes isn’t particularly relevant without population numbers. How many new apartments/ residents are added year over year? I would bet that the crime rate has dropped as we’ve been adding a couple hundred apartments every year the past couple years.

Lee Thomas
Lee Thomas
8 months ago

Is there any indication that this might be due to better record keeping and an increase in reporting? Trying to find a silver lining here. I’ll look a little more closely at numbers before I comment further…

Lee Thomas
Lee Thomas
8 months ago

Just a follow up (@Kiet Vo) – any idea where we might be able to get population data for the same area? I looked, but couldn’t find good yearly estimates and also had issues with different sources using different neighborhood boundaries. That would make it possible to calculate an approximate crime rate. However, it’s also worth noting that residential population may not be the best basis for calculating the crime rate because of all the businesses, public spaces, and what I would assume is a higher transient population ( i.e. people shopping/dining/parking and walking to MCV/Whatever that don’t actually live… Read more »

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