Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleRichmond/100k peopleVirginia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime8,621n/a (estimate)3,7921,9302,324
Violent crime818n/a (estimate)360234370
Vehicle theft765n/a336.5160.7282.7
Property crime7,803n/a (estimate)3,4331,6961,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Richmond, VA

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Richmond crime rate is 63.2% higher than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Richmond, there were 818 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 360 per 100,000 individuals, 2.7% lower than the national average. Additionally, Richmond recorded 7803 property crimes, amounting to 3433 per 100,000 residents, 75.6% higher than the U.S. average.

When it comes to violent crimes per 100,000 people, Richmond maintains a rate that is very similar to the national average. With 360 reported violent crimes, it falls in line with the national average of 370. This alignment suggests that Richmond shares a similar crime profile with other cities, highlighting its comparable level of safety within the broader urban landscape.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Richmond stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Richmond, a total of 59 murders were reported, equating to 26 murders per 100,000 residents. This statistic underscores the challenges facing the area in terms of severe violent crime and the importance of ongoing efforts to enhance safety and security within the community.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Richmond?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Richmond. Based on the results of the surveys (145 responses), 34% of people felt that there was very little crime in Richmond and felt safe walking alone at night. While 66% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Richmond a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Richmond is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Richmond has a total crime rate that is 63% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 23.62 daily crimes (2.24 violent daily crimes and 21.38 daily property crimes) in Richmond.

Has Crime in Richmond Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Richmond has increased by 18%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Richmond, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 6.9%, while property crime has increased by 21.4%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Richmond is a safe place to live.

Richmond Neighborhood Crime Rates

Richmond is a large urban city with at least 137 distinct neighborhoods. As a result, crime rates will differ dramatically from one neighborhood to the next. Typically, high density neighborhoods that are located close to the city center, experience more crime than neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city. Some of the safest neighborhoods in Richmond include: Malvern Gardens, Colonial Place and Wilton. Some neighborhoods that have a higher number of reported crime that you might want to avoid include: Hillside Court, Broad Rock and Creighton.

Potential Causes for Crime in Richmond

Richmond has a poverty rate that stands at 20.9, in contrast to the national average of 15.1. Historically, a direct correlation has been observed between poverty rates and crime stats. Higher poverty rates have led to higher crime rates, while lower poverty rates have led to a reduction in Richmond crime rates. Income disparities and heightened poverty levels can serve as catalysts for elevated or reduced criminal activity, as individuals may or may not turn to illicit means to fulfill their basic needs. This could be one of many factors that may influence crime.

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced Richmond crime rates. Richmond registers a population density of 3825.3 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Richmond, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 4.52 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

Richmond crime map

The Richmond crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Richmond as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Richmond crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Richmond crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Richmond crime rates are 63% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Richmond are 3% lower than the national average
  • In Richmond you have a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Richmond is safer than 19% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Richmond has increased by 22%

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        Daily Crime In Richmond (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Richmond, per 100,000 residents. In Richmond, the total number of daily crimes is 1.97 times more than the Virginia average and 1.63 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Richmond are 1.54 times more than the Virginia average and 1.03 times less than the national average. For property crime, Richmond has a daily crime rate that is 2.02 times more than the Virginia average and 1.76 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Richmond (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Virginia and all other cities across the US, is Richmond safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Richmond is safer than 13% of other cities in the state of Virginia. In addition, Richmond is safer than 19% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Virginia and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Richmond. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Richmond is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Richmond

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Richmond is 1 in 278
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Richmond is 1 in 30
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Richmond is 1 in 27
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Richmond, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 278. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 30 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Richmond is 1 in 27.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Richmond is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Richmond has decreased by 4% and the rate of property crime in Richmond has increased by 25%. The total crime rate in Richmond has increased by 22% year to year.

        Richmond police department

        Item Richmond Virginia National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)9408,827558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.53.23.3
        There are a total of 940 Richmond police officers. This results in 4.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 40.5% greater than the Virginia average and 39.1% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Virginia

        State Total offenders Virginia /100K National /100K
        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 Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Wyndham, VA11,65689646735
        Short Pump, VA27,3851289301,058
        Enon, VA4,2371381,0031,141
        Innsbrook, VA9,0811591,1491,307
        Woodlake, VA7,4041741,2611,435
        Chamberlayne, VA5,1162021,4651,667
        Tuckahoe, VA48,5172131,5431,756
        Richmond, VA229,2333603,4333,792

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Boise, ID228,0572471,2041,451
        Hialeah, FL233,8764352,6323,068
        Fremont, CA234,8292092,8723,082
        Baton Rouge, LA222,1911,0285,8526,880
        Arlington, VA236,4341269161,042
        Richmond, VA229,2333603,4333,792
        Source: The Richmond, VA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. 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.