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.
Using the new system, FCPD compiled the following crime statistics for 2010:
- Murder 16
- Rape 74
- Robbery 394
- Aggravated Assault 450
- Burglary 1,211
- Larceny 14,345
- Motor Vehicle Theft 963
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.