Report: Violent, property crimes decline in Va.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia experienced a decrease in both violent crime and property crime last year.

The Virginia State Police released the annual statewide crime report Monday. It shows that violent crime declined by 1.6 percent, while property crime was down 3.9 percent from 2012.

The homicide rate remained about the same at 3.84 per 100,000 residents. It was3.86 per 100,000 a year ago.

Vehicle thefts and attempted thefts decreased 6 percent and robbery decreased 3.7 percent.

However, fraud offenses increased by 7.6 percent and drug offenses increased for the fourth year in a row, this time by 3.8 percent.

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