Police: Danville continues to experience record-low crime

Southside Virginia News

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Danville Police Department announced on Wednesday that crime continues to decrease in the River City thanks to focused deterrence efforts and community partnerships.

“While 2020 has been a year full of challenges, we are excited to share with our community the results of the incredible work of the women and men of the Danville Police Department,” said Operations Maj. Chris Wiles. “We also recognize that for us to remain effective, our community partnerships are crucial to sustained crime reduction.”

The Danville Police Department gave the community a preliminary look at the 2020 crime numbers, on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The department said the move is a part of its commitment to transparency. The reported 2019 crime numbers are through Dec. 15, 2019, and the preliminary 2020 crime numbers are current through Dec. 15, 2020.

According to these numbers released, crime is down in most individual categories, and violent crime in total (homicide, robbery, forcible sex offenses, aggravated assault) reached historic lows. Some property crimes, such as burglary, are experiencing the lowest reported incidents on record.

“Total crime reported through NIBRS in 2019 was the lowest since 1986,” said Capt. Steve Richardson, “and 2020 is on pace to be even lower.”

  • Burglary – down 41 percent from 186 in 2019 to 109 this year-to-date.
  • Aggravated assaults – up 14 percent from 63 in 2019 to 72 this year-to-date.
  • Robbery – down 42 percent from 19 to 11.
  • Murder – down 38 percent from eight to five.

The report also showed that the Danville Police Department solved crime at a higher rate than the national average.

Police made charges in all five murders committed in 2020 and made charges in three murders from previous years. Danville experienced 24 murders from 2018 until the present, and police made arrests in 21 of those cases, leaving only three unsolved.

As far as property crime, police cleared 44 percent of burglaries in 2020 compared to the national average clearance rate of 14.1 percent.

Scroll down to see the full report.

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