Reported Annual Crime In Petersburg

In the event that crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, estimates are used. The estimates are based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peoplePetersburg/100k peopleVirginia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,332n/a (estimate)4,1972,0012,756
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peoplePetersburg/100k peopleVirginia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder12n/a37.85.35.3
Rape13n/a41.033.841.7
Robbery75n/a236.351.198.0
Assault152n/a478.9117.9248.9
Violent crime252n/a (estimate)794208394
Burglary177n/a557.7218.0430.4
Theft790n/a2,489.11,454.71,694.4
Vehicle theft113n/a356.0120.1237.4
Property crime1,080n/a (estimate)3,4031,7932,362

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The table above provides a full overview of all reported crimes in Petersburg, VA for the year. The sum of recorded criminal acts in Petersburg, VA is displayed; for comparisons, each offense is also shown in regards to the amount of offenses per 100,000 people. Along with this, they are separated into multiple categories: violent crimes and property crimes. The crime data reveals that the overall Petersburg, VA crime rates are 110% higher than in comparison to the Virginia mean and are 52% higher than the nation's mean. In regards to violent offenses, Petersburg, VA has a rate that is 281% higher than the Virginia average; compared to the United States, it is 102% higher than. Looking at crimes involving property, Petersburg, VA is 90% higher than its state's mean, and 44% higher than the country's average.
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Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Petersburg is 52% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 11.5 daily crimes that occur in Petersburg.
  • Petersburg is safer than 7% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Petersburg you have a 1 in 24 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Petersburg has increased by 9%.

Compare Petersburg, VA Crime To Other Cities

Daily Crime In Petersburg (per 100,000 people)

The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Petersburg, VA per 100,000 people. For comparison purposes, the number of daily crimes is also reported for Virginia and on a national level. In Petersburg, VA the total number of daily crimes is 2.10 times more than the Virginia average and 1.52 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Petersburg, VA is 3.81 times more than the Virginia average and 2.02 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Petersburg, VA has a daily crime rate that is 1.90 times more than the Virginia average and 1.44 times more than the national average.

How Safe is Petersburg (higher is better)

Many people wonder how safe they are in Petersburg, VA in comparison to other notable cities in the state of Virginia as well as in comparison to the rest of the nation. Using the gauges above, which document and compare safety in Petersburg, VA to other cities in the state and across the country, Petersburg, VA is 1% safer than other cities of Virginia and 7% safer than other cities in the nation. When referring to the results, which show crime scores in Virginia cities and all around the United States, Petersburg, VA has a ranking of below average in comparison to other cities in the country, which is determined my comparing Petersburg, VA crime rate to all the other cities investigated.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Petersburg

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Petersburg is 1 in 126
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Petersburg is 1 in 30
The chance of being a victim of crime in Petersburg is 1 in 24
Wondering what the chances are that you will be the victim of a crime in Petersburg, VA? The illustrations above show how likely you are to become a victim of violent crime, property crime or any crime. In Petersburg, VA you have a 1 in 126 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 24 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Petersburg, VA.

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

The year over year crime rate for Petersburg, VA is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining whether living in Petersburg, VA has become a safer or more dangerous place to live. For example, the above graph shows the year over year crime rate for violent, property and total crimes per 100,000 people. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 2% in Petersburg, VA, while property crimes in Petersburg, VA have increased by 12%. Crimes in total for Petersburg, VA have increased by 9% year over year.

Petersburg police department

ItemPetersburgVirginiaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1498,827558,732
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.63.23.3
There are a total of 149 Petersburg police officers. This results in 4.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 41.6% greater than the Virginia average and 40.2% greater than the National average.

Sex offenders in Virginia

StateTotal offendersVirginia /100KNational /100K
Virginia18,938258222
There are a total of 18,938 sex offenders in Virginia. This yields a total of 258 sex offenders in Virginia per 100,000 residents which is 16% greater than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Prince George, VA2,0711099411,050
Matoaca, VA2,5731139741,087
Enon, VA3,9811231,0601,183
Fort Lee, VA5,0912211,9052,126
Bellwood, VA6,0822492,1452,394
Chester, VA22,5642582,2212,479
Ettrick, VA5,5862582,2242,482
Petersburg, VA31,9977943,4034,197

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Mason, OH32,025361,0691,105
Danville, IL32,0301,7415,8447,584
Gillette, WY32,0331251,7331,858
Walla Walla, WA31,9524353,5143,949
East Lake, FL32,0461761,0851,261
Petersburg, VA31,9977943,4034,197
Source: The Petersburg, VA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2017. 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.
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