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Crime rate in Petersburg, Virginia (VA): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Petersburg, VA compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Petersburg, VA

The 2019 crime rate in Petersburg, VA is 460 (City-Data.com crime index), which is 1.7 times higher than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 94.5% U.S. cities. The 2019 Petersburg crime rate rose by 14% compared to 2018. The number of homicides stood at 19 - an increase of 5 compared to 2018. In the last 5 years Petersburg has seen decline of violent crime and decreasing property crime.
See how dangerous Petersburg, VA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Petersburg:

460.5
Colonial Heights:

333.3
Hopewell:

229.9
Waverly:

153.9
Richmond:

331.5
Blackstone:

279.8
Emporia:

303.8
Ashland:

147.5
Williamsburg:

101.4
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Petersburg by year

Type

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
7
(21.7)
5
(15.3)
6
(18.2)
12
(36.3)
6
(18.3)
5
(15.3)
7
(22.0)
10
(30.7)
16
(49.0)
11
(34.1)
12
(37.8)
14
(44.3)
19
(60.8)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
17
(52.8)
30
(91.8)
12
(36.4)
6
(18.2)
9
(27.4)
7
(21.4)
9
(28.3)
7
(21.5)
16
(49.0)
6
(18.6)
13
(41.0)
13
(41.2)
12
(38.4)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
212
(658.2)
256
(783.4)
121
(367.0)
63
(190.6)
53
(161.6)
56
(171.3)
56
(175.8)
71
(218.2)
54
(165.4)
67
(207.5)
75
(236.3)
53
(167.9)
48
(153.5)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
263
(816.5)
324
(991.5)
168
(509.6)
108
(326.8)
88
(268.2)
104
(318.2)
91
(285.7)
101
(310.3)
178
(545.2)
155
(480.0)
152
(478.9)
144
(456.2)
155
(495.6)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
673
(2,089)
871
(2,665)
673
(2,041)
434
(1,313)
434
(1,323)
391
(1,196)
345
(1,083)
238
(731.3)
265
(811.7)
230
(712.2)
177
(557.7)
141
(446.7)
131
(418.9)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
1,375
(4,269)
1,296
(3,966)
1,272
(3,859)
930
(2,814)
929
(2,832)
820
(2,509)
671
(2,107)
552
(1,696)
654
(2,003)
742
(2,298)
790
(2,489)
681
(2,157)
760
(2,430)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
284
(881.7)
312
(954.8)
247
(749.3)
136
(411.5)
107
(326.1)
100
(306.0)
87
(273.2)
51
(156.7)
73
(223.6)
100
(309.7)
113
(356.0)
94
(297.8)
143
(457.3)
Arson
(per 100,000)
14
(43.5)
10
(30.6)
0
(0.0)
6
(18.2)
3
(9.1)
5
(15.3)
3
(9.4)
1
(3.1)
6
(18.4)
1
(3.1)
5
(15.8)
7
(22.2)
2
(6.4)
City-Data.com crime index834.0959.0634.7447.1392.6371.4358.4337.7450.7407.8442.1404.6460.5

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.




According to our research of Virginia and other state lists, there were 248 registered sex offenders living in Petersburg, Virginia as of August 02, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Petersburg is 131 to 1.



Violent crime rate in 2019
Petersburg:

484.4
U.S. Average:

205.8

Violent crime rate in 2018
Petersburg:

441.9
U.S. Average:

208.2

Violent crime rate in 2017
Petersburg:

474.2
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Petersburg:

430.4
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Petersburg:

502.3
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Petersburg:

347.2
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Petersburg:

303.0
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Petersburg:

296.8
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Petersburg:

278.9
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Petersburg:

349.5
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Petersburg:

511.1
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Petersburg:

1,009.9
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Petersburg:

833.6
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2005
Petersburg:

625.9
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Petersburg:

401.9
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Petersburg:

425.7
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Petersburg:

359.6
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2019
Petersburg:

273.9
U.S. Average:

178.6

Property crime rate in 2018
Petersburg:

241.9
U.S. Average:

190.2

Property crime rate in 2017
Petersburg:

289.4
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Petersburg:

303.8
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Petersburg:

296.0
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Petersburg:

254.6
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Petersburg:

363.0
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Petersburg:

410.6
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Petersburg:

455.1
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Petersburg:

465.1
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Petersburg:

713.6
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Petersburg:

874.6
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Petersburg:

763.6
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2005
Petersburg:

844.1
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Petersburg:

614.2
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Petersburg:

560.7
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Petersburg:

441.9
U.S. Average:

336.9
Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 112 (91 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.91
Virginia average:

2.27

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 111 (87 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.76
Virginia average:

2.26

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 114 (90 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.84
Virginia average:

2.25

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 120 (93 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.88
Virginia average:

2.33

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 141 (106 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.25
Virginia average:

2.33

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 143 (107 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.29
Virginia average:

2.35

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 139 (105 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.30
Virginia average:

2.36

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 149 (110 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.37
Virginia average:

2.36

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 163 (117 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.57
Virginia average:

2.36

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 161 (115 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.48
Virginia average:

2.39

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 143 (96 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.91
Virginia average:

2.41

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 150 (106 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.24
Virginia average:

2.46

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 137 (105 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.26
Virginia average:

2.43

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 142 (98 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.90
Virginia average:

2.31

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 131 (95 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.82
Virginia average:

2.29

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 134 (97 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.87
Virginia average:

2.28

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 150 (108 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.20
Virginia average:

2.27

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Petersburg, VA
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 23805.