In its Annual Report on Crime & Crime Control, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments noted the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reported the lowest rate of serious crimes per 1,000 people among law enforcement agencies in the region last year.
The LCSO observed a general decrease from 2018 in what the FBI defines as Part I offenses, including homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, larceny and motor vehicle theft.
In total, the LCSO reported 2,733 total Part I offenses committed last year: no homicides, 52 rapes, 36 robberies, 155 aggravated assaults, 140 burglaries, 2,199 larcenies and 151 motor vehicle thefts.
These amounted to 6.6 crimes per 1,000 people, the lowest of all MWCOG jurisdictions, and marked a decrease from 2,752 serious offenses in 2018.
However, the number of aggravated assaults and burglaries increased from 133 and 130 in 2018, respectively.
Authorities in Frederick County, Maryland, observed the region’s next-lowest crime rate with 8.2 Part I offenses per 1,000 people.
LCSO representatives noted the county has seen a 34 percent decrease in total crime since 2012, and that 2019 was the sixth consecutive year in which crime in the county decreased.
“We are proud of our strong partnerships with our community that have attributed to this decrease in crime,” Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman (R) said in a prepared statement.
Separately, the Town of Leesburg reported 671 total Part I offenses in 2019: no homicides, 14 rapes, 19 robberies, 60 aggravated assaults, 22 burglaries, 537 larcenies and 19 motor vehicle thefts.
This marked an overall decrease from 732 serious crimes reported by the town in 2018, though the number of robberies increased from 16 and the number of rapes remained constant.
MWCOG is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that includes 24 local jurisdictions. More information is available at mwcog.org.