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July 11, 2017

Fauquier crime rate continues steady decline

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Assaults accounted for almost one-third of the major incidents the Fauquier sheriff’s office reported in 2016.
Fauquier County remains one of the safest places in Virginia — at least according to its crime rate.

The county crime rate continued its steady decline in 2016, according to a Virginia State Police report.

Last year, the Fauquier sheriff’s office handled 1,599 “Group A” offenses — assault, larceny, robbery, fraud, drug crimes, sex crimes and other offenses.

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Based on sheriff’s office cases, Fauquier’s 2016 crime rate stood at 2,773 incidents per 100,000 residents. That rate has dropped steadily over the past five years.

Statewide, 433,959 major crimes took place.

That represents 5,166 major crimes occurred per 100,000 residents.

Fauquier’s crime rate last year stood at just more than half the statewide rate.

The county had no murders in 2016, according to “Crime in Virginia,” the annual report that state police published June 30.

But, violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — increased 10.8 percent statewide from 2015.

Homicides increased from 382 to 480 across Virginia.

The number of property crimes — burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft — remained virtually unchanged statewide.

Drug and narcotics arrests in Virginia increased 8.7 percent.

The Fauquier sheriff’s office reported 514 incidents of assault, accounting for about one-third of the major crime it investigated.

The office also reported:

• 356 cases of larceny.

• 336 drug offenses.

• 286 cases of property destruction or vandalism.

• 53 burglaries.

• 40 weapons violations.

• 34 sex crimes.

• 10 cases of kidnapping or abduction.

The Warrenton Police Department last year reported 592 “Group A” crimes.

That included 206 larcenies, 156 assaults, 83 cases of property destruction/vandalism, 82 drug crimes, 49 cases of fraud, 25 sex crimes, 11 cases of counterfeiting and 10 cases of embezzlement.

The town’s crime rate stood at 5,981 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2016. That represents a decrease from last year but an increase from 2014, according to state police.

The Remington Police Department, a part-time agency, reported two major crimes last year — an assault and a case of vandalism.

State police last year investigated 81 major crimes in Fauquier, including 53 drug offenses.

Agencies across Virginia since 1994 have used uniform, “incident based reporting” to tabulate incidents of crime. Virginia State Police serves as the central repository for the statistics.

Crime in Virginia 2016 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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