Annual Crime In Virginia Beach (2018)

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
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 peopleVirginia Beach/100k peopleVirginia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime8,300n/a (estimate)1,8401,8662,580
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleVirginia Beach/100k peopleVirginia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder7n/a1.64.65.0
Rape81n/a18.034.342.6
Robbery174n/a38.642.386.2
Assault266n/a59.0118.7246.8
Violent crime528n/a (estimate)117200381
Burglary584n/a129.5182.8376.0
Theft6,611n/a1,465.81,356.41,594.6
Vehicle theft577n/a127.9126.5228.9
Property crime7,772n/a (estimate)1,7231,6662,200

Key findings

  • Virginia Beach crime rates are 29% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Virginia Beach are 69% lower than the national average
  • In Virginia Beach you have a 1 in 55 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Virginia Beach is safer than 60% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Virginia Beach has decreased by 21%

Virginia Beach crime map

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Compare Virginia Beach, VA Crime To Other Cities

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      Daily Crime In Virginia Beach (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Virginia Beach, per 100,000 residents. In Virginia Beach, the total number of daily crimes is 1.01 times less than the Virginia average and 1.40 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Virginia Beach are 1.71 times less than the Virginia average and 3.25 times less than the national average. For property crime, Virginia Beach has a daily crime rate that is 1.03 times more than the Virginia average and 1.28 times less than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Virginia Beach (higher is better)

      Compared to the other cities in Virginia and cities in all other U.S. states, how safe is Virginia Beach, VA? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Virginia Beach is safer than 54% of other cities in the state of Virginia. In addition, Virginia Beach is safer than 60% 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 Virginia Beach. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Virginia Beach is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Virginia Beach

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Virginia Beach is 1 in 855
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Virginia Beach is 1 in 59
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Virginia Beach is 1 in 55
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Virginia Beach, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 855. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 59 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 Virginia Beach is 1 in 55.

      Year Over Year Crime In Virginia Beach (per 100,000 people)

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Virginia Beach, VA (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 Virginia Beach has decreased by 25%, the amount of property crime in Virginia Beach has decreased by 21%, and the total amount of crime in Virginia Beach has decreased by 21% year over year.

      Virginia Beach police department

      ItemVirginia BeachVirginiaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)9558,827558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.13.23.3
      There are a total of 955 Virginia Beach police officers. This results in 2.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 33.7% less than the Virginia average and 34.4% 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
      Virginia Beach, VA449,7331171,7231,840

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Colorado Springs, CO448,7595553,3433,899
      Atlanta, GA456,3787694,6545,423
      Omaha, NE443,0725603,4764,036
      Raleigh, NC441,3263452,2782,623
      Miami, FL432,6226303,5594,189
      Virginia Beach, VA449,7331171,7231,840
      Source: The Virginia Beach, VA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.