Downtown Norfolk Crimes Rate
Drops in 2013
Incidents of Crime in Downtown
Shows Significant Decrease
Norfolk, Va. (January 21,
2014) Newly released crime rates from 2013
exhibit a 9.7% decrease compared to 2012 in the
greater Downtown Norfolk area.
This decrease can be a primarily attributed to the
7% fall in vandalism and the 19% decline in larceny
from auto crimes. The crime rate in downtown has
dropped a total of 29% over the course of 5 years.
The progress is a result of the concentrated presence
of the Norfolk Police Department, the Downtown Public
Service Ambassadors and the citizens in Downtown
Its great to see this kind of reduction
of incidents at the start of a new year for Downtown
Norfolk. Surely our job is never done until there
are no significant incidents in the entire City,
said Norfolk Police Chief Goldsmith. We recognize
the impact of this downtrend for downtown, and continue
to work towards similar results in other Norfolk
communities and neighborhoods.
In 2012, the Downtown Norfolk Council (DNC) contracted
with the Southern Institute of Research and conducted
a Consumer Usage and Perception Study for Downtown
Norfolk. The survey identified that the perception
of safety is one of the key drivers of Downtown
Norfolks overall positive reputation, likeliness
to recommend and likeliness to visit.
It is extremely important that downtown visitors,
residents and businesses feel safe, expressed
Mary Miller, President & CEO of DNC. With
our Public Service Ambassadors program, we physically
have a presence on the streets to promote safety
in downtown. As an organization, we will continue
to advocate for a safe, friendly and spotless downtown.
The Norfolk Police Department continues to work
within the community to ensure safety through the
Downtown and Freemason civic leagues, the citizens
of Norfolk and the Downtown Public Service Ambassadors.
Statistics based on the 2013 Downtown Planning District
59 crime report from the Norfolk Police Department.