Virginia Beach, VA
Crime Rates



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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 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

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 19 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 53. 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 79% 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.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Virginia Beach's violent crime rate is 1 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory), and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Virginia Beach is one in 760.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Virginia Beach's rate for property crime is 18 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 57.

Virginia Beach Crime Data

 

Crime Index

31

(100 is safest)


Safer than 31% of U.S. Cities

Virginia Beach Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

592

7,906

8,498

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

1.32

17.57

18.89

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Virginia Beach 1.32
Virginia 2.08

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 760

in Virginia Beach

1 in 481

in Virginia

Virginia Beach VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 449,974
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 30 79 196 287
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.18 0.44 0.64

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
Virginia Beach 17.57
Virginia 16.43

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 57

in Virginia Beach

1 in 61

in Virginia

Virginia Beach Property CRIMES

Population: 449,974
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 530 6,797 579
Rate per 1,000 1.18 15.11 1.29

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

Virginia Beach Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Virginia Beach 28
Virginia 18