Portsmouth, VA
Crime Rates



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Portsmouth, VA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 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 about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 68 per one thousand residents, Portsmouth 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 15. Within Virginia, more than 100% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Portsmouth. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Portsmouth to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 94,398, Portsmouth has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Portsmouth does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Portsmouth.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth.

For Portsmouth, 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 Portsmouth is one in 104.

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 Portsmouth 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.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Portsmouth is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Portsmouth, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 17, which is a rate of 58 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Portsmouth has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Portsmouth is one in 196.

Portsmouth Crime Data

 

Crime Index

1

(100 is safest)


Safer than 1% of U.S. Cities

Portsmouth Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

905

5,518

6,423

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

9.59

58.45

68.04

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Portsmouth 9.59
Virginia 2.08

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 104

in Portsmouth

1 in 481

in Virginia

Portsmouth VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 94,398
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16 37 230 622
Rate per 1,000 0.17 0.39 2.44 6.59

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Portsmouth 58.45
Virginia 16.43

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 17

in Portsmouth

1 in 61

in Virginia

Portsmouth Property CRIMES

Population: 94,398
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 846 4,191 481
Rate per 1,000 8.96 44.40 5.10

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Portsmouth Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Portsmouth 154
Virginia 18