Crime down slightly in Fairfax last year

Fairfax County experienced a 1.6% decrease in crime last year, according to statistics released today.

“The entire community worked with their police department to achieve these results for 2017,” said Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police. “Community engagement, information sharing, accountability and public trust energize our partnerships that keep Fairfax County the safest jurisdiction of its size in the United States.”

Nationwide, the FBI reported an overall decrease of 0.8% in the number of violent crimes for the first six months of 2017 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2016. The violent crime category includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

The number of property crimes in the United States from January to June of 2017 dropped 2.9 percent when compared with data for the same time period in 2016. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals due to fluctuations in reporting. Figures for 2017 indicate that arson decreased 3.5 percent when compared with 2016 figures for the same time period.



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Truman Lewis
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