The Leesburg Police Department reports a 12 percent drop in a major crimes in 2013, according to the department’s annual report released Monday, July 14,
Reports of larceny, the most common major crime offense, fell 13 percent in 2013. The department attributes the drop to a new initiative to combat organized retail theft.
The town of Leesburg had one homicide in both 2012 and 2013 and 11 reported cases of rape each year. Only seven robberies were reported in 2013, down from 21 the year before.
Reportable vehicle crashes (those with either $1,500 in damages or a report of personal injury) increased 15 percent in 2013. The most common cause of crashes was distracted driving, the department reports.
The department notes that the crime rate per 100,000 is significantly lower in Leesburg than the national average and slightly below the Virginia average. View statistics in greater detail in the 2013 annual report, available on the Town of Leesburg website.