CHESTERFIELD – The Chesterfield County Police Department released crime data for the county this week. In the report the police listed crimes considered to be more serious than a shed break-in or a prank phone call. Group A offense data collection is more detailed as well.
All the incidents are collected from localities by the Virginia State Police, checked for accuracy and the released to the jurisdiction where the incidents occurred. A system called National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) allowed the police reports to be accurately counted.
According to the National Archive of Criminal Justice, “For each crime incident coming to the attention of law enforcement, a variety of data are collected about the incident.
These data include the nature and types of specific offenses in the incident, characteristics of the victim(s) and offender(s), types and value of property stolen and recovered, and characteristics of persons arrested in connection with a crime incident.”
The homicides clicked up by one compared with last year when there were 10 such crimes.
By comparison, in 2012, Richmond city had 43 homicides; Henrico, 13; Hanover, 5; Powhatan, 4; and Petersburg, 5. A total of 88 homicides were reported in the Central Virginia area.