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Total crime 69%
Violent crime 64%
Property crime 70%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleAmherst/100k peopleVirginia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime17n/a (estimate)7801,8512,489
Murder0n/a0.05.05.0
Rape1n/a45.933.042.6
Robbery0n/a0.041.381.6
Assault2n/a91.8128.7250.2
Violent crime3n/a (estimate)138208379
Burglary3n/a137.7162.8340.5
Theft11n/a504.81,359.51,549.5
Vehicle theft0n/a0.0120.3219.9
Property crime14n/a (estimate)6421,6432,110

Key findings

  • Amherst crime rates are 69% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Amherst are 64% lower than the national average
  • In Amherst you have a 1 in 129 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Amherst is safer than 73% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Amherst has increased by 43%

Amherst crime map

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      Daily Crime In Amherst (per 100,000 people)

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      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Amherst

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Amherst is 1 in 727
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Amherst is 1 in 156
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Amherst is 1 in 129

      Year Over Year Crime In Amherst (per 100,000 people)

      Amherst police department

      ItemAmherstVirginiaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)58,827558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.23.23.3
      There are a total of 5 Amherst police officers. This results in 2.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 30.7% less than the Virginia average and 31.4% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Virginia

      StateTotal offendersVirginia /100KNational /100K
      Virginia25,766352266
      There are a total of 25,766 sex offenders in Virginia. This yields a total of 352 sex offenders in Virginia per 100,000 residents which is 32% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Piney Mountain, VA1,58998776875
      Forest, VA10,5372191,7291,948
      Madison Heights, VA10,6372832,2352,518
      Lynchburg, VA78,7553832,1842,567
      Arrington, VA7132962,3402,636
      Amherst, VA2,519138642780

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Southside, AR2,5192701,3201,591
      Amboy, IL2,5192617391,000
      Covington, IN2,519158839997
      Montpelier, ID2,5191991,3921,591
      Cordes Lakes, AZ2,5192441,3101,554
      Amherst, VA2,519138642780
      Source: The Amherst, VA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.