Good news for the Greater Richmond Area:
Central Virginia enjoyed a 6.2 percent drop in major crime last year, continuing a trend of annual declines in violent crime and property crime that reflects the national figures.Read the complete article at The Richmond Times Dispatch.
A total of 34,951 major offenses were reported last year in the 25 localities that make up the greater metropolitan region, down from 37,270 the year before, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis of state police data.
The decline in crime, combined with an overall population increase, caused the region's per capita crime rate to fall from 30 crimes per 1,000 residents in 2009 to 28 crimes per 1,000 residents last year. That is the region's lowest crime rate in at least five years.