So far this year, the Richmond Police Department has documented just 16 homicides, with another eight slayings designated as death investigations. This number is below average for a city of Richmond's size. Last year at this time, there had been 23 homicides reported by the police.
The 2016 homicide total is about equal to that of 2015, which saw only 15 murders. However, the number of people killed in crime other than homicide is higher this year: 93 compared with 86 last year. The increase is due primarily to a rise in gun violence. There have been more than 100 shootings so far this year, compared with 95 last year at this time.
There have been more than 300 murders in Richmond since 2007. That's more than any other city in Virginia or the United States. Even after taking into account the fact that some murders go unreported, Richmond's murder rate is very high.
According to the FBI, across America as a whole in 2017 there were only three times as many murders as there were in Richmond this year. And considering how large America is, that's not very much violence at all!
The number of people murdered in Richmond is also relatively low when you consider its population.
This is becoming increasingly common in Baton Rouge. According to police figures, there were 101 killings in 2020, up from 69 in 2019. So far this year, there have been 60 killings, many of which have been tied to firearms.
There have been more than 100 murders in Baton Rouge since 2010. The number of murders has increased every year since then except for a down year in 2014 when there were 89 murders.
Most of the people killed were black and most of the victims were men under 40. Almost half of them had some kind of criminal record. Many of them were shot dead outside their homes or on street corners. Others were stabbed to death.
Overall, black Americans make up 13% of the population of Louisiana but account for nearly 70% of all homicide victims. White Americans make up 14% of the population but only 7% of homicide victims.
The US crime rate is generally higher than that of other Western countries but lower than that of many developing nations. There were an estimated 3 million crimes committed in the United States in 2015, including 16% that were violent offenses and 84% that were property offenses.
In terms of per capita rates, Louisiana has one of the highest rates of murder in the United States.
Continue reading to find out how we crunched the data and where your community ranked. There were "only" 27 localities in Virginia where a murder was recorded to the FBI, implying that 35 cities had no murders. For additional information about the Old Dominion, see: United States Census Bureau - State Fact Sheets.
The first known murder in Virginia occurred in 1619. Since then, there have been more than 95,000 reported crimes committed here in Virginia, including murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, and thefts. The following is a list of all reported murders in Virginia from 1619 to present day.
Murder has always been a highly publicized event in Virginia. Over the years, newspapers have published articles on prominent people who has been murdered. Some examples include: A reporter for the Richmond Daily Dispatch wrote an article in 1877 describing the death of a young woman named Mary Phagan. She was only 13 years old but already worked as a seamstress at a factory making clothes for sale in Richmond. One night, when she finished work earlier than expected, her boss told her to go home instead of waiting for him to call for her arrival. On her way home, Mary was killed by a man who broke into her apartment building looking for money. He found her and stabbed her nearly 30 times with a knife or razor blade.
When these are omitted, the number of homicides rises by 89 percent, from 606 to 695. The number of killings was at its highest since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, when 729 were reported. This marks the first time that more than 700 people have been killed in Chicago this century.
Many factors contribute to the level of violence in any city, but a major one is the rate of gun ownership. In 2004, there were approximately 3 million guns owned by Chicago residents-more than any other city in America. That means that every man, woman and child in Chicago was about as likely to be shot as to walk down the street without being attacked by a firearm.
Crime rates also vary between neighborhoods. Although crime against property is common across Chicago, the type of crimes committed differ depending on the area. Neighborhoods with a large population of students tend to see higher rates of violence than areas with a larger population of retirees, for example.
Finally, crime rates are influenced by police practices. If officers stop and question people who appear to be involved in crime scenes, for example, then they are giving credibility to criminal activities. This encourages more people to become victims or perpetrators and makes it easier for them to get away with offenses.