Murder Up, Other Violent Crimes Down in Va.

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The frequency of homicides has increased, but instances of other violent crimes and property crimes in Virginia are on the decline, according to Virginia State Police.

The newly released statistics for 2012 show rates of crimes committed in towns, cities and counties across the Commonwealth.

Virginia experienced an overall 3 percent decline in violent crime, which includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, compared to 2011.

The homicide rate increased slightly for 2012, from 3.77 to 3.86 per every 100,000 people.

To see the full report, visit the Virginia State Police website.

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