Petersburg, VA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in Petersburg is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 30 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Petersburg is 1 in 33. Based on FBI crime data, Petersburg is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Virginia, Petersburg has a crime rate that is higher than 93% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Petersburg to other communities of similar population, then Petersburg crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Petersburg does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Petersburg does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Petersburg.

For Petersburg, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Petersburg is one in 170.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Petersburg experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Petersburg's rate for property crime is 24 per one thousand population. This makes Petersburg a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Petersburg is one in 41.

Importantly, we found that Petersburg has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Petersburg is one in 304.

Petersburg Crime Data

 

Crime Index

14

(100 is safest)


Safer than 14% of U.S. Cities

Petersburg Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

197

807

1,004

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

5.89

24.12

30.01

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
5.89
2.08
National Median: 4
    Petersburg
    Virginia

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 170

in Petersburg

1 in 482

in Virginia

Petersburg VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 33,458
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 24 14 20 139
Rate per 1,000 0.72 0.42 0.60 4.15

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
24.12
14.5
National Median: 19
    Petersburg
    Virginia

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 41

in Petersburg

1 in 69

in Virginia

Petersburg Property CRIMES

Population: 33,458
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 92 605 110
Rate per 1,000 2.75 18.08 3.29

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Petersburg Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
43
16
National Median: 26.9
    Petersburg
    Virginia