Petersburg, VA
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Petersburg, VA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

With a crime rate of 42 per one thousand residents, Petersburg has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 24. Within Virginia, more than 95% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Petersburg.

Importantly, when you compare Petersburg to other communities of similar population, then Petersburg crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Petersburg does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Petersburg does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Petersburg.

For Petersburg, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Petersburg is one in 115.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Petersburg experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Petersburg's rate for property crime is 33 per one thousand population. This makes Petersburg a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Petersburg is one in 30.

Petersburg Crime Data

 

Crime Index

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(100 is safest)


Safer than 10% of U.S. Cities

Petersburg Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

283

1,080

1,363

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.71

33.25

41.97

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Petersburg 8.71
Virginia 1.96

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 115

in Petersburg

1 in 511

in Virginia

Petersburg VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 32,477
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16 18 58 191
Rate per 1,000 0.49 0.55 1.79 5.88

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Petersburg 33.25
Virginia 18.67

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 30

in Petersburg

1 in 54

in Virginia

Petersburg Property CRIMES

Population: 32,477
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 286 719 75
Rate per 1,000 8.81 22.14 2.31

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Petersburg Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Petersburg 59
Virginia 19