|A chart comparing crime in 2013 to crime in 2009 and 2011. —Times-Mirror graphic/Kurt Samuel|
Despite slight upticks in violent offenses in 2013, crime in Loudoun held steady from the prior year, while actually decreasing overall in the past five years.
The annual “Crime in Virginia” report, released June 2 by the Virginia State Police, shows an increase in arrests for murder, going from one arrest in 2012 to three in 2013; aggravated assault, going from 58 to 70; and forcible sex offenses, increasing from nine to 13. Still, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 6,191 people, consistent with 6,263 arrests in 2012.
Data for the overall report is compiled by the Virginia State Police through an incident-based reporting system submitted by participating law enforcement agencies.
In Loudoun, participating agencies are the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Middleburg Police, Purcellville Police and Leesburg Police.
While sexual offenses were up since 2012, they were down compared to 2009 and 2011, three and five year increments, respectively. Aggravated assault was down since 2009, but some a 20.7 percent increase since 2011. Larceny is up from both 2009 and 2011.
The two most common offenses in Loudoun are driving under the influence and drug-related offenses. While DUIs have dropped by nearly 100 since 2012 and nearly 31 percent since 2009, drug offenses are holding relatively steady, with close to 300 people arrested every year.
Still, the crime report showed several bright spots, with consistent decreases in both one, three and five- year increments in simple assault, counterfeiting/forgery and vandalism.
Additionally, 172 fewer juveniles were arrested in 2013 as compared to 2012, and in the last five years, there's been a fairly steady downturn in crimes committed by minors.
Of all of the town offices, Leesburg, which boasts a significantly larger population at more than 45,000, had the most crimes with 2,256 incidents. Middleburg, with a population of 724, had just 23 incidents.
Leesburg had a decrease of 156 crimes, including close to 200 fewer simple assaults and 100 fewer larcenies. However, there was a significant increase in drug arrests, going from 328 in 2012 to 503 in 2013.