The Police Department’s Crime, Traffic and Intelligence Analysis Division of the Planning and Research Bureau has made available the 2015 Incident-Based Reporting (IBR) crime statistical data for Group A offenses. This report summarizes the Fairfax County Police Department’s CY2015 crime data as reported to the Virginia State Police Incident-Based Reporting System.
The IBR system was adopted in 1989 and is used to uniformly categorize reported crimes committed throughout the nation. Where legal statutes and ordinances across varying jurisdictions have different titles for similar crimes and are very specific in defining those crimes, definitions used in IBR are generic so that all similar crimes are grouped and classified together to achieve consistent and uniform statistical reporting across the board. Under Group A offenses, there are 22 categories of crimes, involving 46 different offenses.
“The police department’s multifaceted community engagement contributes to the mission of preventing and fighting crime through building stronger bonds of trust between police officers and community members,” says Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police. He adds, “We are truly blessed to have an engaged community which partners with us to accomplish our vision and mission which continues to allow all of us to make our county motto a reality: Fairfax County—a great place to live, work, play and grow old.”
For the full CY2015 IBR report: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/crime/pdf/fcpd2015groupaoffenses472016.pdf
For IBR statistical data for prior reporting years, visit: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/crime/statistics/
CY2015 Crime Data Quick Glimpse:
The CY2015 IBR categories which cover all types of reported crimes are:
- Crimes Against Persons (increased .92% from CY2014)
- Crimes Against Property (decreased 2.17% from CY2014)
- Crimes Against Society (increased 4.52% from CY2014)
Although there were modest increases in crimes against persons (0.92%) and crimes against society (4.52%) from CY2014 to CY2015, overall crime in the County decreased -0.66% in CY2015 as compared to CY2014. It should be noted our education, prevention and enforcement efforts as related to drug and narcotic offenses has contributed to the increase in crimes against society as we have created a statewide taskforce to combat trends such as heroin, among other narcotic threats to our community, which has resulted in additional arrests. There were 4,680 drug/narcotic offenses in CY2015 as compared to 4,452 in CY2014.
Focus on Homicides:
The Fairfax County Police Department investigated the deaths of 13 homicide victims in calendar year 2015. Ten of these homicides were closed through investigative efforts.
All 2015 homicide cases were classified as follows:
- 46% Acquaintance-related
- 8% Domestic-related
- 8% Drug-related
- 15% Gang-related
- 23% Other/Unknown
Comparison to recent years: Over the most recent three-year period in Fairfax County, our homicides involved 9 victims in 2013, 10 victims in 2014 and 13 victims in 2015. Of the homicides investigated, domestic-related classification was most significant in 2013 accounting for 67% of the total; acquaintance and gang-related classifications were most significant in 2014 accounting for 40% each of the total; and acquaintance-related classifications were most significant for 2015 accounting for 46% of the total.
Now available online: Data on justifiable homicides: A new page has been added to our public website to reflect annual data on the number of justifiable homicides that occur in the county. Although none of the CY2014 or CY 2015 homicides fell into this category, statistical information has been posted dating back a decade, to 2005. The reported data contains both civilian and law enforcement officer justifiable homicide cases and can be found here: http://fairfaxcounty.gov/police/inside-fcpd/justifiablehomicide.htm
Domestic-related homicides: Domestic-related homicides in 2015 were the same as in 2014; however, decreased significantly from 2013 by 83%. Partnering with the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) was initiated and went into effect on July 1, 2015. The LAP is a screening tool intended to help police officers on-site of a domestic violence-related call recognize an increased risk of danger to a victim and provide immediate resources to reduce the chance of further, and more severe, violence. The LAP and robust partnerships through the Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy & Coordinating Council has continued to reduce domestic-related homicides in the county for the second consecutive year (1 in CY2015, 1 in CY2014, 6 in CY2013, 7 in CY2012).