Virginia State Police’s 2020 crime report shows homicides were up about 23%

Overall violent crime dropped compared to 2019, but homicides increased

Virginia State Police publish 2020 crime report
Virginia State Police publish 2020 crime report

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Virginia State Police released their annual crime data in a comprehensive, 500-page report.

Authorities say there were 338,784 total incidents reported in 2020.

The Commonwealth saw a 1.9% decrease in violent crime offenses compared to 2019, but homicides increased about 23%.

Firearms represented 41% of weapons used in aggravated assaults.

Meanwhile, drug arrests decreased by 36.7%, with the under 18 age group seeing the largest drop – 49%.

Reports of drugs seized dropped for nearly all drug types, especially marijuana, which fell to 31.7%.

Leaders say that is due, in large part, to the decriminalization of marijuana, which took effect in July 2020.


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