The Alexandria Police Department reports that serious crime decreased more than 7% in 2006 and is at its lowest point in more than 40 years.
This is the fourth year in a row in which index crime (homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft) fell in Alexandria, continuing a downward trend of crime falling in ten of the past twelve years.
Overall violent crime fell last year, with homicides and robberies increasing slightly, aggravated assaults falling and rapes remaining the same. Overall property crime also fell in 2006, with drops in both larcenies and vehicle thefts, but an increase in burglaries.
The rise in robberies and burglaries mirror similar increases in neighboring Fairfax and Arlington counties and anticipated regional and national trends.
Index Crimes (January 1 – December 31)