2017 Vice

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2017 Vice


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The 2017 data in the Police Department's Incident Based Reporting System as of May 31, 2018 report 1,912 unique vice offenses for the calendar year.  96.7% of those reports involved drugs or drug equipment:

Offense Count  
DRUG/NARCOTIC VIOLATION 1774 92.8%
DRUG EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS 74 3.9%
PORNOGRAPHY/OBSCENE MATERIAL 44 2.3%
PROSTITUTION 18 0.9%
GAMBLING/BETTING/WAGERING 1 0.1%
PROSTITUTION (ASSISTING/PROMOTING) 1 0.1%
Total 1912  

The total is down a bit from 2013 (the last time someone, ahem, updated this page), particularly in the prostitution count.

Here are the Top Ten blocks for vice in 2017:

Block Count What's There
2300 Block BURTON ST 28 Residential
6600 Block MIDLOTHIAN TPKE 22 Commercial
3000 Block JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY 21 Commercial; Motel
1300 Block COALTER ST 20 Apartments
6300 Block MIDLOTHIAN TPKE 18 Commercial; Motel
2600 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE 17 Commercial
1100 Block ST JOHN ST 17 Apartments (RRHA)
4000 Block MIDLOTHIAN TPKE 13 Apartments
2000 Block CREIGHTON ROAD 13 Apartments (RRHA)
6500 Block MIDLOTHIAN TPKE 12 Commercial

Forty percent of those blocks sport apartments; if we count the motel blocks as "rental," we can say that 60% contain rental property.

The really Bad News is the ongoing problem at RRHA, which is by far the largest public nuisance in the City.

Overall, these data show the vice activity in Richmond to be concentrated at identifiable places, often associated with rental property.  State law declares this activity to be a nuisance and provides abundant criminal and civil authority to abate it. 

Indeed, nuisance abatement (generally directed at the property owner) is the sole strategy that can be shown scientifically to control drug dealing and related crime at private rental places.[1]

As these pages also discuss elsewhere, RRHA is maintaining the largest drug nuisance in the City.  It is long past time for a housecleaning at RRHA.


[1] A 1998 National Institute of Justice report to Congress, Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Promising, discusses the place-bound nature of crime as follows: “Most places have no crimes and most crime is highly concentrated in and around a relatively small number of places. If we can prevent crime at these high crime places, then we might be able to reduce total crime.  [The] findings suggest that something about a few places facilitates crimes and something about most places prevents crimes.”  Of course, the something about most property that prevents crimes is an owner (and neighbors) who will not tolerate disorder.  In my view, the focus of community policing should be to encourage and assist the law-abiding landowners and to target the others.

 

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Last updated 05/31/18
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