Virginia State Police generic

Virginia saw a 2 percent drop in violent crime in 2018. But drug arrests rose 3 percent, including a 68.8 percent increase in arrests for stimulants such as methamphetamine, according to a report released Friday by the Virginia State Police.

Violent crimes listed in the report include murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault.

The number of reported homicides statewide decreased from 455 in 2017 to 391 in 2018, according to the report, which also states that 43.7 percent of homicide victims and 49.4 percent of offenders were men between the ages of 18 and 34.

Guns were used in 77.2 percent of Virginia's homicides in 2018 and 55 percent of robberies, according to the state police report.   

Drug and narcotic arrests rose 3 percent, compared to 2017. Marijuana arrests represented 59 percent of all drug arrests. Arrests related to amphetamines or methamphetamines saw the biggest increase, 68.8 percent, from 2,063 in 2017 to 3,483 in 2018. 

Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts increased 2.4 percent compared to 2017, according to the state police.

In 2018, 10,472 vehicles were stolen statewide and 9,836 were recovered. The reported value of all stolen vehicles was nearly $94.8 million, the report said.

Fraud offenses decreased 8.5 percent compared to 2017.

Robbery decreased 16.1 percent, and of the 3,623 robberies and attempted robberies reported statewide in 2018, 42 percent took place between 6 p.m. and midnight. 

There were 161 hate crimes reported in 2018, a 20.3 percent decrease from 2017. Of those, 60.2 percent were racially or ethnically motivated, according to the report. 

Of all reported hate crime, 33.5 percent were associated with destruction, damage or vandalism of property. Another 36 percent were associated with the offense or assault.   

To view the full report, click HERE.  

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