2021 CRIME STATISTICS
Henrico County’s new Chief of Police, Eric English, is ushering in an era of transparency with crime data and police statistics. His goal: working together for a safer Henrico.
As part of the Division’s new vision, to be cutting edge public-safety leaders dedicated to equality and civic trust, the information provided on this site is intended to promote transparency and dialogue with the public.
Data-driven policing is an important tool in preventing, deterring, and responding to crime and quality of life concerns in our communities.
Using data, the Division is able to optimize resources, identify crime trends and fulfill our mission to provide innovative and collaborative police services for a safe and thriving Henrico.
“Everybody has a role in public safety. It’s important for the public to know and understand what is happening in their communities and within our agency. By working together we can address concerns that matter to you.
This is just the beginning. We will continue to evolve and seek ways to improve our data reporting, enhance transparency and demonstrate accountability across the Division.”
-Chief Eric English
About Crime Data
Henrico Police utilizes FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) reporting methodology, commonly referred to as Part I Offenses. It does does not contain information about all known criminal offenses that have occurred in Henrico County. Instead, Part I Offenses include violent offenses (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault) and non-violent offenses (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson).
In the future, Henrico Police will transition to NIBRS methodology, as the FBI retired its UCR Program January 1, 2021.
2021 HENRICO POLICE CRIME STATISTICS
Henrico County Police Division strives each year to keep the public informed about what is occurring countywide, how the Police Division is functioning, and the type of service delivery the public receives. Data continues to be a major component of transparency to the public as well as a divisional tool to address and combat problems occurring in Henrico.
On behalf of Chief Eric English and the Henrico County Police Division we would like for you to examine the following reports on our website under Public Data:
- 2021 Part I Crimes & Criminal Offenses
- 2021 Countywide Crime & Demographic
- 2021 Application of Force Report
- 2021 Police and Schools Report 1st Semester
- 2021 Vehicular Pursuits Report
- 2021 Internal Affairs Report
These documents will hopefully provide some insight into the daily activity occurring in Henrico County.
PART I CRIMES & CRIMINAL OFFENSES
Total Part I Crime
In 2021, Henrico experienced less than a 1% increase across the total number of Part I Offenses from 2020, and a 9% decrease from the county’s five-year average.
The minimal increase in county-wide Part I crime in 2021 is attributed primarily to the increase in homicides (67%) and arson (46%) when compared to 2020. Compared to the five-year average, there are more dramatic decreases in burglary (58%), rape (30%), and auto theft (10%).
In 2021 there was an 11% increase in violent Part I offenses compared to 2020 driven by the rise in homicides (10 incidents or 67%), rapes (3 incidents or 17%), robberies (21 incidents or 18%), and aggravated assaults (7 incidents or 3%).
There are natural crime fluctuations year-to-year; while identifying significant spikes in crime over a short period is important, it is equally important to identify crime trends over long periods of time. Notable anomalies could be attributed to the COVID-19 impact on criminal activity that continued into 2021.
Nevertheless, the reduction of crime and safety of the public remains the top priority of the Henrico County Police Division.
In 2021, Part I Violent Offenses in Henrico increased approximately 11% from 2020. When compared to the 5-year average, total Part I Violent Offenses are up 4%.
- Homicides trended up in 2021, with a 67% increase from 2020 and 66% increase from the 5-year average.
- Beginning in 2018, there had been a steady decrease in rapes, but in 2021 there was a slight increase from 2020, however there has been a 30% decrease in the 5-year average.
- Robbery saw an 18% increase in 2021, yet there has been a 6% decrease compared to the 5-year average.
- Aggravated assaults had a small increase in 2021, with a 3% increase from 2020 and 11% increase from the 5-year average.
In 2021, Henrico saw less than a 1% increase in total Part I Non-Violent Offenses from 2020, and a 9% decrease from the 5-year average.
- There was a 10% decrease in burglaries from 2020; 58% decrease from the 5-year average.
- Compared to 2020, residential burglaries decreased 11%; toolshed burglaries increased 42%; and commercial burglaries decreased 27%.
- Auto thefts declined by 7% in 2021. There was a 10% decrease from the 5-year average.
- While total larcenies only increased 1% from 2020, there was a decrease in larcenies from autos (22%). The theft of catalytic converters continues to be a trend.
- 66% of larcenies from autos were from reported unlocked vehicles in 2021.
- In 2021, 204 guns were stolen from vehicles; 76% were from reported unlocked vehicles.
In 2021, Henrico saw an increase in firearm offenses and drug overdoses compared to both 2020 and the 5-year average.
- Total firearm offenses increased 4% from 2020 and 56% from the 5-year average.
- There was a 5% increase in total drug overdoses from 2020; an 3% decrease in total non-fatal overdoses and 78% increase in fatal overdoses.
- As in 2020, 83% of drug overdoses in 2021 were from heroin and opioids.
- Repeat overdoses victims accounted for 30% of all overdose victims.
- Compared to 2020, felony arrests decreased 9% and misdemeanor arrests increased by 1%.
Traffic Crashes & Charges
After a global pandemic was declared in March 2020, daily activities across Virginia were significantly altered. Schools, businesses and restaurants were closed. Events were canceled. Telework increased. Stay at home orders were issued and lifted in 2021. Accordingly, traffic on our roadways has increased.
- There was an 18% decrease in DUI arrests from 2020, and a 38% decrease from the 5-year average.
- There was a 5% increase in traffic-related charges from to 2020, and a 20% decrease from the 5-year average.
- Compared to 2020, reportable traffic crashes increased 7%.
- Traffic fatalities increased from 30 in 2020 to 42 in 2021 with pedestrian fatalities increasing 56% (9 in 2020 and 14 in 2021).
The Henrico Emergency Communications Center made and received 510,080 calls. That equates to 1,397 calls every day; 58 calls every hour; and nearly 1 call every minute.
- Text to 911 messages increased by 109%