Virginia Beach, 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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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

The crime rate in Virginia Beach is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 16 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Virginia Beach is 1 in 63. Based on FBI crime data, Virginia Beach is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Virginia, Virginia Beach has a crime rate that is higher than 71% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

However, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to Virginia Beach, and we found that the crime rate in Virginia Beach is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Virginia Beach is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach.

For Virginia Beach, NeighborhoodScout found that the violent crime rate is well below the national average for all communities of all population sizes. Violent crimes such as assault, rape, murder and armed robbery happen less often in Virginia Beach than in most of America. One's chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime here is one in 1014, which is a violent crime rate of 1 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Virginia Beach's rate for property crime is 15 per one thousand population. This makes Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach is one in 67.

Virginia Beach Crime Data

 

Crime Index

38

(100 is safest)


Safer than 38% of U.S. Cities

Virginia Beach Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

453

6,829

7,282

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

0.99

14.86

15.85

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
0.99
2.08
National Median: 4
    Virginia Beach
    Virginia

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 1,014

in Virginia Beach

1 in 482

in Virginia

Virginia Beach VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 459,470
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17 60 124 252
Rate per 1,000 0.04 0.13 0.27 0.55

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
14.86
14.5
National Median: 19
    Virginia Beach
    Virginia

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 67

in Virginia Beach

1 in 69

in Virginia

Virginia Beach Property CRIMES

Population: 459,470
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 499 5,697 633
Rate per 1,000 1.09 12.40 1.38

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Virginia Beach Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
24
16
National Median: 26.9
    Virginia Beach
    Virginia