VIRGINIA, USA — Virginia's comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2018 has been released.
The report claimed there was an overall 2 percent decrease in violent crime -- murders, forcible sex offenses, robbery, and aggravated assault-- compared to the previous reporting period.
In Virginia, the number of reported homicides decreased from 455 to 391 or (-14.1%). The report said victims tended to be younger males; 43.7 percent of homicide victims were men between 18 and 34 and 49.4 percent of offenders were men between 18 and 34.
Even though violent crime has gone down, motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts increased by 2.4 percent compared to the previous year.
In the report, robberies decreased 16.1 percent, and fraud offenses decreased by 8.5 percent compared to 2017. Of the 3,623 robberies and attempted robberies, 42 percent took place between 6 p.m. and midnight.
Of the known weapons reported for violent crimes, firearms were used in 77.2 percent of homicides and 55 percent of robberies. Firearms were used to a lesser extent in the offense of aggravated assault (27.4%).
View the full report below: