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Williamsburg ranked in top 10 safest places in Virginia

Movoto Real Estate has ranked the 10 Safest Places in Virginia  and Williamsburg ranked # 9. .

The winner? According to their analysis was the City of Poquoson, closely followed by some other truly loving places. Here are the 10 safest places in Virginia:

10 Safest Places in Virginia

1. Poquoson

2. Vienna

3. Blacksburg

4. Falls Church

5. Herdon

6. Fairfax City

7. Manassas Park

8. Salem

9. Williamsburg

10. Alexandria

When most people hear Williamsburg, they think of Colonial Williamsburg; and while this, of course, is a huge part of the city’s culture, this independent city is so much more. For example, modern Williamsburg is a total college town, home to a large number of William & Mary students and staff. It is also home to about four million tourists throughout the year. And, as we discovered in our study, it is also one of the very safest places in the state, especially when it comes to a lack of violent crime.

Out of 14,603 residents, Williamsburg only saw a total of 20 violent crimes in 2012. That means residents had just a 1 in 730 chance of being the victim of a violent crime. The rest of the 259 crimes in Williamsburg were non-violent property crimes, 86 percent of which were larceny/theft.

Review Crime States in Virginia here

FBI crime stats look good for Virginia

The latest statistics from the FBI show that Virginia was the fourth-safest state in the nation in 2012 — that is, we had the fourth-lowest rate of violent crime.

Virginia reported 190.1 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants (a standard measure of crime). Only Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire had lower rates.

"Violent crime" means murder, rape, robber, and assault; we were ranked #21 in murder, #4 in rape,  #13 in robbery, and #5 in assault. So… good on us! (Except for the murder thing. We should try to do better there.)

How about non-violent "property" crime? More good news. Virginia was ranked ninth in the nation overall (Puerto Rico was ranked best), and #7 in vehicle theft (Vermont was #1).

In fact, get this: Only Virginia and Idaho were in the top ten for (lack of) both violent crime and property crime.

Oh, and our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.? It had the worst record for violent crime and the worst record on property crime — beating out the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Help catch a theif in Williamsburg VA

It’s a poor quality photo but does anyone recognize the male and female in this photo ?

imageAfter 15 years in business with no theft, Bikes Unlimited bike shop owner Barry Herneisey was hit in broad daylight while they were open

Surveillance video captured a man and woman stealing a $7,200 bike from Bikes Unlimited in Williamsburg Shopping Center on Thursday. (WATCH IT HERE)

Local bike shop owner Barry Herneisey  said three people were involved in the theft of a Bianchi  928 bicycle valued at $7200 . The couple who stole the Bianchi road bike were apparently aided by another man who entered shop about five minutes later and occupied Herneisey. It was the most expensive bike in Herneisey’s inventory.

You can watch the theft on the video below. The theft occurs about 7 minutes into the video. Among those who saw the video were the owners of Bike Beat at Monticello Marketplace, who then contacted Herneisey.

The couple was described as Hispanic, with the man standing about 5-feet-7 and the woman about 5-feet-3.

If you have any information on this theft please call Bikes Unlimited 757 229 4620

A Five Hundred Dollar Reward will be paid by Mr Williamsburg for information leading to the arrest of the thieves and recovery of the bike

Please help us catch the crooks that stole from our local bike shop. They stole a Bianchi 928 that was worth thousands. You can see them enter the store around the 14:04 mark and they leave with the bike at the 14:09 mark. The camera system and recovered footage was done by Xactec here in Williamsburg, VA.

Crime Map Now Available For James City County VA

The James City County Police Department recently partnered with Bair Software to provide a new public crime mapping website  to make it easier for James City County citizens to keep track of crime in their area. 

RAIDS Online maps and analyzes crime data, alerts James City County citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the James City County Police Department to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur. Citizens can easily move between the map, data grid, and analytics to learn about the crime that concerns them the most.

james city county Crime mapsRAIDS Online synchronizes with the James City County Police Department’s records system to automatically upload crime information and keep it updated on the map.  The system then uses Google Maps to display the location and basic information for crimes in any area of interest to the user. RAIDS Online uses colored maps, icons, and symbols to deliver easy-to-read crime information at all zoom levels, from a national level down to the citizen’s neighborhood.  James City County citizens can also sign up for neighborhood crime alerts to receive daily, weekly, or monthly emails with a breakdown of crimes in their area.

James City County Police Department has obtained RAIDS Online at no cost, and there is no cost to citizens who access the program. 

To access the crime map and other James City County crime statistics, as well as, other crime information, go to www.jccegov.com/police and click on the Crime Analysis link.  You may also access the crime map by going directly to RAIDS Online by using the following link: http://www.raidsonline.com/?address=James+City%2CVA

Crime Rates in Virginia

I get a lot of questions about crime from people who are thinking of moving to Hampton Roads or Williamsburg VA. After some research I found this report prepared by the VA State Police that will allow a comparison of crime statistics throughout the state of VA. It’s interesting to note that some of the smaller towns in VA have some of the highest crime rates. It’s also comforting to see the low rates of both James City County and Williamsburg where I reside and work.

Crime is of great concern to all citizens of Virginia. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is a system of collecting and analyzing crime statistics gathered on selected crimes by participating law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth.  All information in these reports uses an incident based reporting format ( IBR)

The statewide population for this publication (7,769,089) is a 2008 provisional estimate provided by the Weldon Cooper Center For Public Service, University of Virginia. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, the Department of State Police, as the central repository, collects crime information from participating agencies.
The most accurate information available in Virginia is used to generate the statistics contained in this annual report. IBR(  Incident Based Reporting )statistics were originally for police agencies only, but community concern has generated a use by both public and private sources. This use increases yearly. The IBR information has become the primary vehicle used to evaluate levels of criminal activity in jurisdictions throughout Virginia. The participation and cooperation of all agencies making this publication possible is sincerely appreciated. The quality of the program continues to be maintained through their cooperative efforts.

Crime Rates per 100k population in various areas of Virginia 2008

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Locality/ County or City

Population

Crime incidents per 100k

Alexandria

137947

5107

Charlottesville

39638

10805

*Chesapeake

216622

6723

Chesterfield

303538

5747

Danville

45152

13640

Emporia

5566

16061

Fairfax

980585

4037

*Gloucester

36109

3373

*Hampton

144204

7571

Hanover

90715

3032

Henrico

291767

6273

Hopewell

45632

11378

*Isle of Wight

27387

4735

*James City

62237

3979

Lynchburg

70734

10024

*Newport News

180978

10698

New Kent

17440

3675

*Norfolk

235092

10099

Mathews

9418

2144

Petersburg

30489

18459

*Poquoson

11791

4902

*Portsmouth

97599

12650

Richmond City

195463

11211

Roanoke

92344

14849

*Smithfield

6987

8802

*Suffolk

81907

7326

*Va Beach

431451

6776

*Williamsburg City

13354

3893

*York County

64526

4579

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

* Hampton Roads, VA MSA region

Statistics are Compiled By Uniform Crime Reporting Section,
Department of  Virginia State Police

While the figures reported in this publication are the most accurate available, it must be remembered that they represent a “snapshot” of incidents reported by local law enforcement agencies as well as follow UCR definitions. As such, it is possible that the number and categorization of offenses may differ when comparing these data with those from individual reporting agencies. If there are concerns with these differences, it is suggested that you contact the agency directly.

You can explore the 2008 UCR crime report for Virginia here

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I should add that The FBI, on its web site, recommends against using its data as a ranking for a variety of reasons and does not rank the crime rates for cities. In November 2007, the executive board of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) approved a resolution opposing the development of city crime rankings from FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCRs). The resolution states the rankings "represent an irresponsible misuse of the data and do groundless harm to many communities" and "work against a key goal of our society, which is a better understanding of crime-related issues by both scientists and the public
Murder is the only statistic that all agencies are required to report. Consequently some agencies do not report all the crimes.

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.MrWilliamsburg.com , and www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com were created as  comprehensive resources about living in Williamsburg, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.236.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com