New Henrico crime stats show a county divided

HENRICO, Va. (WTVR) – Crime is down overall in Henrico County, but the two districts in the county’s east end continue to experience the highest amount of violent crime by a large margin, according to new crime statistics released by the Henrico Police Department.

Eastern districts Varina and Fairfield hold just 40 percent of the county’s population, yet account for 66 percent of violent crimes in the county. Those are numbers the county’s police chief is working to change.

Crime numbers actually increased in Varina in 2013 compared to 2012.

Burglary, motor vehicle thefts, aggravated assault, and rape offenses are all up from 2012.

Emmanuel Harris lives in Varina and wants his son to grow up in a safe, healthy environment.

But he wonders if his slice of Henrico County gets enough police resources.

“We just want the same resources, the same effort dedicated to this side of town as the other side of town,” Harris said.

In neighboring Fairfield, crime decreased a bit, but that district still has the highest number of crime offenses of all five districts.

Police Chief Douglas Middleton said higher offense totals can mean progress.

“When you’re effectively policing crime, numbers can go up,” Middleton said.

Chief Middleton said his department will devote more resources to Fairfield and Varina, especially along their border with the City of Richmond, as part of a new initiative unveiled to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday night.

“My objective here is to give them all the tools, all the training, all the resources we have available to make a difference in those areas where we have hot spots and to address crime,” Middleton said.

Another part of that plan, a new command station.

Now Fairfield and Varina each have a command station, while the three districts with the lowest crime rates, Brookland, Three Chopt, and Tuckahoe, share one.

“What we’re hoping will happen is you’ll see an improvement in crime there, in terms of the numbers you’re seeing, the amount of violent crime that is occurring,” Middleton said.Crime is down overall in Henrico County, but the two districts in the county’s east end continue to experience the highest amount of violent crime by a large margin, according to new crime statistics released by the Henrico Police Department.

They are changes Harris said just make sense.

“If you know that crime happens in certain areas, just patrol those areas,” Harris said.

21 comments

  • bobbi

    and why is this,hmm I wonder?keep sweeping the real problem under the rug idiots,it might go away or just move elsewhere

    • April Diana Sullivan

      Believe me I know for a fact that it is the lower socioeconomic, uneducated, redneck, gun-toting, Obama-hating, ignorant, racist idiots who commit a large portion of the crimes in the Eastern end of Henrico. No matter what anyone else believes, the biggest factor is the lack of education – most of those folks are so ignorant its ridiculous.

      • PigsSux

        Will April why don’t I see or hear about these “WHITE” people on the news, just all the BLACKS destroying the community. Just think about that one.

      • April Diana Sullivan

        Really? Hmm let’s think about that one. The guy who abducted his girlfriend at gunpoint from Varina High School. WHITE. Person in neighborhood off Burning Tree Road stealing stuff from all their neighbors – WHITE. Person threatening to shoot a dog for barking in neighborhood off Burning Tree Road – WHITE. Idiot who hung a noose in a tree outside the high school – WHITE. I don’t see or hear about these Black people on the news who are destroying the community either. Site some examples please as I just did.

      • Daryle Panek

        April seems that you are wearing blinders you do not want to acknowledge that blacks do account for some of the crime in the east end. And making those types of comments shows what class of people you come from, lower than what you mentioned in your comment.

      • April Diana Sullivan

        @Daryle so basically by stating that I believe a lot of the crime is shared by the white population I am lower than those who want to blame it all on blacks? I’m just sharing the blame and I still am waiting t hear about the crimes committed by the black population. I cited specific examples. How about you?

      • John Doe

        Hello Again April,

        Channel 6 would not provide an option for me to include Crime Statistics from the FBI for Henrico and Hanover Counties nor would it allow me to include the comparison of Hanover and Henrico population statistics. However, I will summarize it in text format:
        FBI Crime Statistics for Hanover = 2119 crimes reported in 2012 (latest info available).
        FBI Crime Statistics for Henrico = 16606 crimes reported in 2012 (also latest info available).

        US Census Bureau Statistics for 2012

        Hanover Population in 2012 = 100668.
        Henrico Population in 2012 = 314932.
        Hanover Caucasian population = 87%
        Henrico Caucasian population = 60.2%
        Hanover Black or African American population = 9.6%
        Henrico Black or African American population = 30.1%

        As you can see, although Henrico population is a little more than 3 times the population of Hanover, Henrico’s crime rate is 8 times greater than Hanover crime rate. Why is this you ask? Well, looking at my data gathered by using the FBI website and a “googled” population by county query, I find that the most glaring difference between the two counties is that Henrico has10.5% of it’s population living below poverty level as compared to Hanover’s 5.1% below poverty level. Again you may ask, what does this prove? Well, you can draw your own conclusions and I hope you aren’t blinded by racism, prejudice (toward rednecks) or lack of education. It is wrong to judge an entire race of people by the actions of some, and I sincerely try not to do that, but in this case it is my opinion that if the education level and interest, parental involvement and good moral upbringing were a greater part of the lives of the offending youths in Henrico County then the crime rates in both counties would be on the decline. As Dennis Miller would say after his rant on social topics during the 70’s, “that’s my opinion but I could be wrong”.

      • April Diana Sullivan

        “if the education level and interest, parental involvement and good moral upbringing were a greater part of the lives of the offending youths in Henrico County then the crime rates in both counties would be on the decline.”

        That is absolutely 100 percent true and has nothing to do with the color of the skin. You have proved my point for me and I thank you. I was trying to make a point to those who blame crime on the black population.

  • T

    Move all the section 8 apartments and lazy non working thieves to the west end and tear them down in the east end (Sandston / Highland Springs will help !

  • kelly

    they said the tuckahoe district crime had increase.april you blame this on white rednecks also?your a blind piece of work.Let me guess you are black, date a black or have 3 kids by one,which is it?We all know what the issue is and people like you just make it worse,idiot

  • April Diana Sullivan

    And finally Kelly… I didn’t say that white ignorant rednecks are limited to the east end. We do live in Virginia, I’m sure they are in Tuckahoe as well. And to answer your “guesses” – no not black, no don’t date someone who is black, no don’t have three kids by anyone. Try again. Sorry I don’t fit into any of your stereotypes.

  • GC

    I believe that it is a mixture several different factors. I think it is a black and white people problem because we all live in the same area. We hear about the black problems because that is what the media focuses on, which I think is wrong. White people can be stupid too. That side of the county has a lack of industry and the curb appeal does nothing to bring people to that area. I also believe that Henrico County does put a higher emphasis on the West End than the East End. The people of Henrico need to stand up and say that it is time to think of the county as a whole and not two separate places.

    • April Diana Sullivan

      You are absolutely correct. I stated what I did because I knew the other commenters on here were going to play the race card. Skin color does not make a person a criminal. The bottom line is people of all races can be ignorant and do stupid things. However, by the responses I received, it is quite obvious that racism is alive and well in society today. And that is truly a shame.

      • Brenda

        April, your comments don’t exactly show you as a non racist person. It seems you traded in your “black” card for the stereotype of the redneck. I was born and raised in the “East End” and can tell you that we are all not like that…so your harsh comments are just as inflammatory and unwarranted. I’ve never commented on anything like this before, but I was truly upset by your comment. I can also tell you that twice we have had items stolen from our yard and both times it was young black teens. I can give you the HPD call file number if you wish to verify. I think there is enough trouble to go around for all people. What I don’t understand is why it is the Police department’s responsibility to clean up the area, what about parents and people in general having some responsibility and accountability. It seems that no one has respect for anyone else or their property.

        Believe me I know for a fact that it is the lower socioeconomic, uneducated, redneck, gun-toting, Obama-hating, ignorant, racist idiots who commit a large portion of the crimes in the Eastern end of Henrico

        It is truly as shame.

      • April Diana Sullivan

        Why does race even have to be considered a factor? Why can’t we all acknowledge that poor parenting comes in many colors, lack of accountability comes in many colors, lack of respect for other people’s property comes in many colors, etc. That was the whole point of my comments. To call out the first commenters who obviously want to point the finger of blame at one segment of society.

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