NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The Norfolk Police Department says violent crime is at its lowest in almost two decades.
The department says violent crimes dropped 19 percent from the previous year, bringing the number to under 1,200.
2017 had the lowest number of reported violent crimes since 2000. Last year was also the largest one-year decrease of violent crimes in 17 years.
Property crimes also dropped. Police say it’s at a 17 year low. Officers responded to 10,522 incidents in 2016 and 9,192 in 2017. The department say a 13-percent decrease and the largest one-year reduction since 2006.
In 2016, Norfolk had 48 homicides and that includes 5 officer involved fatal shootings. The officer involved fatal shooting were cleared by the Commonwealth's Attorney.
In 2017, there were 36 homicides and that number includes two officer involved fatal shootings. The two officer involved fatal shootings are still being investigated by State Police and Commonwealth's Attorney.