Violent crimes mostly down in Mount Vernon Police District

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Credit: Mount Vernon Police District Station

Update: FCPD submitted corrected data Nov. 28 for the number of Fairfax County-wide homicides from January - September 2023. Changes have been made to the story below.

Based on data provided by the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD), the amount of violent crime in the Mount Vernon Police District fell across most categories from January to September 2023 over the same time period last year.

Mount Vernon Police District encompasses approximately 26 square miles, including the Richmond Highway Corridor between the City of Alexandria and Fort Belvoir.

Mount Vernon Police District (Credit: FCPD)

As of Sept. 30, 2023, the Mount Vernon Police District had two homicides — one third fewer than during the same time period in 2022 — and the lowest number recorded since 2020. In both incidents that took place this year, the victim and perpetrator knew each other, said FCPD.

The number of aggravated assaults and robberies is also slightly down from last year. The only category of violent crime that has increased during the first three quarters of 2023 over prior years is forcible rapes, which have nearly doubled since 2020.

Mount Vernon Police District: January - September

Crime / Year 2020 2021 2022 2023
Homicide (victim count) 2 3

6

2

Rape Forcible/IBR Code 11A (victim count) 10 12 15

19

Aggravated Assault/IBR Code 13A (victim count) 66 82 110 103
Robbery/IBR Code 20) (offense count)

49

45 94 85

The police department also provided county-wide statistics for the same time period, January to September 2023, which can be viewed in the table below. A comparative analysis shows that the Mount Vernon Police District accounted for less than one seventh of the county's total homicides over the first nine months of this year compared to one third of its homicides over the same time period last year. Additionally, in the first three quarters of 2023, the Mount Vernon Police District accounted for about 21% of the county's aggravated assaults — down from 33% last year.

Fairfax County: January - September 

Crime / Year 2021 2022 2023
Homicide (victim count) 18 18 15
Rape Forcible/IBR Code 11A (victim count) 73 84 103
Aggravated Assault/IBR Code 13A (victim count) 218 332 492
Robbery/IBR Code 20 (offense count) 322 414 322

FCPD also shared that year to date, the county as a whole has had 25 carjackings versus 26 during the same time period last year. In contrast, WTOP reported Nov. 26 that data from the Metropolitan Police Department showed over 900 reported carjackings in the District of Columbia since the beginning of 2023.

As a reminder, Fairfax County residents can sign up for Mount Vernon District Police Station Alerts through Fairfax Alerts. 

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