County Police Release 2010 Crime Statistics

Using a new reporting system for the first time, the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) has released the index crime statistics for 2010.

New system

FCPD is now using the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which counts each crime that occurs during a single incident. The previous system counted only the most serious single crime that occurred during each incident.  NIBRS is now the national standard for counting and reporting crime and provides a more comprehensive and meaningful picture of crime in each jurisdiction.

The county was unable to make the switch to NIBRS until a new Records Management System (RMS) was implemented last year. Now that the switch has been made, FCPD is able to begin building a new baseline of crime data for Fairfax County.

The tally

Using the new system, FCPD compiled the following crime statistics for 2010:

Crime                                       2010

  • Murder                                    16
  • Rape                                         74
  • Robbery                                  394
  • Aggravated Assault               450
  • Burglary                                  1,211
  • Larceny                                   14,345
  • Motor Vehicle Theft              963

Total                                         17,453

Due to the change in the way crimes are now classified and counted, officials say comparing prior year statistics to those released after implementation of the new RMS would result in an inaccurate statistical comparison.

The statistics are used in making decisions about deployment of police resources to better respond to the needs of the community, to identify trends, and to implement new and continuing strategies to enhance public safety.

The year-to-date data are subject to change due to data revision and updating.