20 Cities in Virginia with the most Improved Crime Rate

December 9, 2014


A state steeped in American history from historical American Revolutionary War battlefields to some of the most strategic locations of the American Civil War. Virginia is a state that has just about everything you can want, be it great venues for hiking and camping to some of the best areas to hunt in the southeast. Not only that, but Virginia has some great waterways and coast lines to go with some of the nation’s best restaurants and colleges.

Using data from 2007-2012 FBI Crime Reporting Statistics, we’ve uncovered twenty cities in Virginia which have significantly decreased crime successfully.

The cities listed below have used some advanced police programs, services and techniques to help decrease their crime rate over a five year period. When looking through the data provided by the FBI, we have noticed their efforts have increased the quality of life for their citizens, as well as the safety of their neighborhoods.

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1. Poquoson, VA

To the east of Newport News, to the north of Hampton and on the shores of the Northwest Branch Back River and the Atlantic Ocean is the town of Poquoson. Poquoson has continued steady growth over the years because of the closeness to big employment centers like the Huntington Ingalls Shipyard and NASA. Poquoson didn’t have a big time crime problem to begin with, but with the hard work of the local police department utilizing programs such as the neighborhood watch to bring property crime to nearly a screeching halt. Overall the community has seen its crime rate drop nearly 75 percent over a five year period.

2007 Crime Rate: 14.32
2012 Crime Rate: 3.63
74.68% Decrease In Crime

2. Falls Church, VA

To the west of Arlington and minutes from the Potomac River and Washington D.C. is the town of Falls Church, Virginia. The smallest city by area in the state of Virginia, Falls Church had a higher violent crime rate than one would like to see, but the police department and community put in a lot of work to drive that rate down over 50 percent in the past five years according to data provided by the FBI. The city has utilized red light cameras to add a bit of surveillance to busy intersections and the police department has utilized the neighborhood watch to keep the community on their toes with an eye out for suspicious activity.

2007 Crime Rate: 34.99
2012 Crime Rate: 17.22
50.79% Decrease In Crime

3. Petersburg, VA

South of Richmond and on the banks of the Appomattox River is the town of Petersburg, Virginia. A military town with Fort Lee army base just to the east of town, there is usually quite a bit of in-and-out traffic through Petersburg, both with visitors and permanent residents. In the past, Petersburg had one of the highest crime rates in the state because there was so much violent crime in the region. The police department has made that a priority however and according to FBI data, they’ve seen violent crime take a 65 percent decline in just five short years. Property crime has also taken a dip, but the real efforts were focused on making Petersburg a safer community, and in that aspect they’ve been successful.

2007 Crime Rate: 87.89
2012 Crime Rate: 45.38
48.37% Decrease In Crime

4. Purcellville, VA

One of the safer cities in the state, the small town of Purcellville is located just minutes to the west of Leesburg, Virginia. Purcellville’s crime rate was already low at the time this data was tracked, but the police department stayed hard at work and they were able to drive that rate down even further. With some beautiful lush forests in the region and West Virginia just to the west, people often make Purvellville a stop on hunting trips or while traveling. It was important to the community and the police department to make it a safe stop on the way. With some great restaurants in the area and the annual wine and food festival, keeping the growing city of Purcellville safe is a big priority.

2007 Crime Rate: 14.06
2012 Crime Rate: 7.75
44.92% Decrease In Crime

5. Wytheville, VA

South west of Roanoke and wedged between the Jefferson National Forest and the Cherokee National Forest near Mt. Rogers is Wytheville, Virginia. Wytheville has plenty of beautiful natural attractions between the aforementioned national forests and the rolling mountains nearby, many people love to visit for the hiking, camping and hunting in the general region. The police department and community realize this is one of their town’s biggest assets, so curbing property crime has been a big focus through the neighborhood watch program and they’ve seen some realization on that project by watching the overall crime rate dip nearly 50 percent over the past five years, which is why they’ve made our list of the most improved cities in the state.

2007 Crime Rate: 36.78
2012 Crime Rate: 21.10
42.62% Decrease In Crime

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