The Virginia State Police today released its annual report on local and statewide crime figures for 2020, showing an increase in homicides but a decrease in overall arrests statewide.
Decreasing by 25% in Virginia last year was the total number of arrests made, down to 206,609 from 274,636. Violent crime offenses—murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault—decreased by 1.9%, coming in at 15,713 compared to 16,018.
But the number of reported homicides statewide increased by 23.4%, up to 528 from 428. Of those cases, 5.1% of homicide victims were men between the ages of 18 and 34 and 52.7% of offenders were men in that age range.
In Loudoun, the report shows the Sheriff’s Office reported one murder, 29 abductions, 48 forcible rapes, 64 sexual assaults with an object, 148 aggravated assaults and 1,713 simple assaults. The Sheriff’s Office also reported 20 arsons, 150 burglaries, 994 vandalisms, 270 impersonations, 185 identity thefts, 33 robberies, 477 shopliftings and 156 vehicle thefts. It also reported 579 narcotic violations, 112 weapon law violations, 306 DUIs and 361 drunkenness offenses.
Meanwhile, the report shows that Virginia State troopers made 24 DUI arrests and reported 37 drug violations in Loudoun.
In all, the Sheriff’s Office reported 1,901 crimes against people, property and society—denoted as group A crimes—per 100,000 residents and 1,143 arrests per 100,000 residents, making Loudoun one of the safer counties in the region.
Comparatively, the Fairfax County Police Department reported 2,822 group A crimes per 100,000 residents and 1,097 arrests per 100,000 residents. The Arlington County Police Department reported 2,948 group A crimes per 100,000 residents and 1,024 arrests per 100,000 residents. The Prince William County Police Department reported 2,717 group A crimes per 100,000 residents and 1,805 arrests per 100,000 residents. The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office reported 2,626 group A crimes per 100,000 residents and 1,842 arrests per 100,000 residents. And the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office reported 2,059 group A crimes per 100,000 residents and 1,832 arrests per 100,000 residents.
Statewide, vehicle thefts and attempted vehicle thefts increased by 6% compared to 2019, up to 11,209 vehicles stolen from 10,575. The reported value of all vehicles stolen in 2020 was nearly $114 million.
There was also a 2.7% increase in hate crime offenses in 2020.
Drug arrests decreased by 36.7%, with the largest percentage decrease in the under 18 age group.
Burglaries decreased by 18.4%. Of the 11,413 burglaries and attempted burglaries in 2020, more than half occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Conversely, in 2019, more than half of all the burglaries reported in Virginia occurred during the day.
Read the full report here.