ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington’s overall crime decreased 8.22% in 2014 resulting in the lowest rate since 1961, the Arlington County Police Department reported today. The crime data is collected using the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).
The grand total of Part I offenses (homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) was 3,863 in 2014, down from 4,209 in 2013. Additionally, the Police Department received a total of 89,426 calls for service during the calendar year. “The historically low crime rate is a true testament to the partnership among the community and Police Department,” commented Chief of Police M. Douglas Scott. “We will continue make these partnerships even stronger as it has made our community safer.”
Following current national trends, part one offenses declined in Arlington County as well. Robberies decreased by 12.7% from 2013, with a total of 110 reported incidents. The number of burglaries decreased as well, dropping from 240 cases last year to 206, a 14.17% decline. The largest decrease in part I offenses were the cases of aggravated assaults, down 19.43%. In addition, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts both experienced a little over 7% decreases. Even with crime rates at historic lows, the Arlington County Police Department will continue to actively patrol and maintain safety, and will attempt to identify causes for crimes so that they may be addressed.
There was one homicide last year in Arlington, a result of a domestic-related incident. There was one category that experienced a marginal increase from 26 in 2013 to 27 in 2014, a 3.85% rise in rapes were reported. Police will continue to promote safety and awareness throughout the year and through the first several months of 2015, the numbers are trending downward.
The Arlington County Police Department remains focused on the reduction of the incidents of crime, and the improvement of quality of life in Arlington County, and will continue to work diligently to reduce crime and keep Arlington’s neighborhoods safe.