Serious Crime Up More Than 6%
From today's Metro section:
After five consecutive years of decreases, serious crime in Fairfax County rose more than 6 percent in 2007, according to statistics released yesterday.
The increase was due almost entirely to an increase of nearly 1,200 larcenies last year over 2006. Larcenies and robberies reached all-time highs in the county, statistics show, while burglaries fell by nearly 11 percent and homicides dropped from 19 to 13.
Police departments measure their crime rates, in part, by seven crimes: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft. The total number of crimes in 2006 was 17,108, and in 2007 it as 18,156. In 2006, the total number of crimes was the lowest recorded in Fairfax police statistics dating to 1970, when the county population was half of the 1 million people living in Fairfax now.
-- Tom Jackman