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Total crime 173%
Violent crime 149%
Property crime 178%
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 peoplePortsmouth/100k peopleVirginia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime6,398n/a (estimate)6,8071,8512,489
Murder16n/a17.05.05.0
Rape37n/a39.433.042.6
Robbery230n/a244.741.381.6
Assault606n/a644.7128.7250.2
Violent crime889n/a (estimate)946208379
Burglary846n/a900.1162.8340.5
Theft4,189n/a4,456.81,359.51,549.5
Vehicle theft474n/a504.3120.3219.9
Property crime5,509n/a (estimate)5,8611,6432,110

Key findings

  • Portsmouth crime rates are 173% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Portsmouth are 149% higher than the national average
  • In Portsmouth you have a 1 in 15 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Portsmouth is safer than 2% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Portsmouth has increased by 12%

Portsmouth crime map

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The Portsmouth crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Portsmouth as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Portsmouth crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Portsmouth (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Portsmouth, VA per 100,000 people. In Portsmouth, the total number of daily crimes is 3.68 times more than the Virginia average and 2.73 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Portsmouth is 4.55 times more than the Virginia average and 2.49 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Portsmouth has a daily crime rate that is 3.57 times more than the Virginia average and 2.78 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Portsmouth (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Portsmouth in comparison to other Virginia communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Portsmouth safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Portsmouth being safer than 0% of cities in Virginia and 2% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Virginia cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Portsmouth. In conclusion, Portsmouth ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Portsmouth

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Portsmouth is 1 in 106
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Portsmouth is 1 in 18
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Portsmouth is 1 in 15
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Portsmouth? In Portsmouth, you have a 1 in 106 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 18. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Portsmouth, VA is 1 in 15.

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

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Portsmouth, Virginia (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Portsmouth has increased by 19%, the amount of property crime in Portsmouth has increased by 11%, and the total amount of crime in Portsmouth has increased by 12% year over year.

      Portsmouth police department

      ItemPortsmouthVirginiaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3418,827558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.53.23.3
      There are a total of 341 Portsmouth police officers. This results in 3.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 9.5% greater than the Virginia average and 8.4% greater 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
      Carrollton, VA5,4811591,2571,416
      Chesapeake, VA233,1944562,2732,730
      Hampton, VA136,7892952,9993,294
      Norfolk, VA245,7245463,4624,007
      Portsmouth, VA96,0719465,8616,807

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Mission Viejo, CA96,17868907975
      Tuscaloosa, AL96,3525054,3384,844
      Vacaville, CA95,6073272,4142,742
      Dearborn, MI95,5203252,2412,565
      Lawton, OK96,7289263,2214,147
      Portsmouth, VA96,0719465,8616,807
      Source: The Portsmouth, 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.