Crime Drops for Fourth Straight Year in Fairfax County

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Dec. 5, 2006

Crime Drops for Fourth Straight Year in Fairfax County

Latest Statistics Show 22 Percent Reduction in Number of Crimes Since 2001

Crime dropped for the fourth year in a row in Fairfax County, according to the Police Department’s recently released statistics for 2005. The county also continues to have the lowest crime rate per population in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

“I’m proud that Fairfax County continues to have the lowest crime rate in the region, and we are one of the safest jurisdictions of our size in the nation,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly. “Our police department is one of the nation’s finest, and I thank them for keeping us safe.”

The number of reported crimes has been steadily decreasing for four years straight — with a cumulative 22 percent decline from 2001 to 2005. Last year, reported crimes dropped by 3.92 percent overall compared to 2004. In contrast, crime increased nationwide during the same period. The number of crimes in the nation increased by 2.3 percent in 2005 compared to 2004, according to the FBI’s statistical report, “Crime in the United States, 2005.”

Fairfax County’s crime rate — as measured by crimes per 100,000 people — has consistently been the lowest in the metropolitan area for five years straight. From 2001 to 2005, the county’s crime rate dropped by 26.5 percent overall. Last year, the crime rate declined by 5.7 percent compared to 2004.

Notably, the latest statistics show a consistent decline in specific crimes. From 2002 to 2005, there was a cumulative:

  • 23 percent drop in the number of larcenies, with declining numbers every year for four years in a row.
  • 21.3 percent drop in the number of auto thefts, with declining numbers every year for three years in a row.

These findings are detailed in the Fairfax County Police Department’s “Statistical Information Package for Calendar Year 2005.” For more information or a paper copy of the statistical package, please call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.


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