2013 Vice

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2013 Vice


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The 2013 data in the Police Department's Incident Based Reporting System as of May 27, 2014 report 2,253 separate vice offenses for the calendar year.  96.1% of those offenses involved drugs or drug equipment:

Ofense Code Description Count  
DRUG/NARCOTIC VIOLATION 2063 91.6%
DRUG EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS 88 3.9%
PROSTITUTION 72 3.2%
PORNOGRAPHY/OBSCENE MATERIAL 26 1.2%
PROSTITUTION (ASSISTING/PROMOTING) 2 0.1%
GAMBLING/BETTING/WAGERING 1  
REPEALED - DRUG/NARCOTIC VIOLATIONS 1  
Grand Total 2253  

The total is up some from the previous year and pretty much in line with the previous seven years.

Here are the top 23 blocks for vice in 2013:

Block Count What's There
6300 Block MIDLOTHIAN TPKE 24 Commercial
1300 Block DREWRY ST 24 Residential
1100 Block ST JOHN ST 24 RRHA
2000 Block CREIGHTON ROAD 17 RRHA
4100 Block W Grace St 16 TJ High School
2300 Block SELDEN ST 16 RRHA
4900 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE 15 Apartments
3800 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE 15 Apartments
4300 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE 14 Apartments
200 Block W GRACE ST 14 Police HQ
3900 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE 13 Apartments
2900 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE 13 Apartments; Motel
1900 Block Redd St 13 RRHA
1300 Block COALTER ST 13 RRHA
4200 Block OLD BROOK ROAD 12 Apartments; Marshall HS
1200 Block Mosby St 11 RRHA
4000 Block Midlothian Tpke 10 Apartments
3600 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE 10 Apartments
1200 Block ST JOHN ST 10 RRHA
4900 Block OLD BROOK ROAD 9 Apartments
300 Block E BROAD ST 9 Commercial
1100 Block ST JAMES ST 9 RRHA
1200 Block ST JAMES ST 9 RRHA

The 200 block of W. Grace St. is Police HQ.  All the reports there were porn(!).

Block DRUG EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS DRUG/ NARCOTIC VIOLATION PORN-OGRAPHY/ OBSCENE MATERIAL PROSTI-TUTION Grand Total
6300 Block MIDLOTHIAN TPKE 1 21   2 24
1300 Block DREWRY ST 1 23     24
1100 Block ST JOHN ST 1 23     24
2000 Block CREIGHTON ROAD   17     17
4100 Block W Grace St 1 15     16
2300 Block SELDEN ST   16     16
4900 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE   14   1 15
3800 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE   11   4 15
4300 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE 1 11   2 14
200 Block W GRACE ST     14   14
3900 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE   12   1 13
2900 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE   10   3 13
1900 Block Redd St 1 12     13
1300 Block COALTER ST   13     13
4200 Block OLD BROOK ROAD 1 11     12
1200 Block Mosby St   11     11
4000 Block Midlothian Tpke   10     10
3600 Block CHAMBERLAYNE AVE   7   3 10
1200 Block ST JOHN ST 1 9     10
4900 Block OLD BROOK ROAD   9     9
300 Block E BROAD ST   9     9
1100 Block ST JAMES ST   9     9
1200 Block ST JAMES ST   9     9

As usual, we see that rental properties, notably RRHA and apartments, are at the center of the problem. 

What’s There Count
RRHA 9
Apartments 7
Apartments; Motel 1
Apartments; Marshall HS 1
TJ High School 1
Residential 1
Commercial 2
Police HQ 1

The really Bad News is the ongoing problem at RRHA, which is by far the largest public nuisance in the City.

Overall, these data show the vice activity in Richmond to be concentrated at identifiable places, mostly associated with rental property.  State law declares this activity to be a nuisance and provides abundant criminal and civil authority to abate it. 

Indeed, nuisance abatement (generally directed at the property owner) is the sole strategy that can be shown scientifically to control drug dealing and related crime at private rental places.[1]

As these pages also discuss elsewhere, RRHA is maintaining the largest drug nuisance in the City.  It is long past time for a housecleaning at RRHA.


[1] A 1998 National Institute of Justice report to Congress, Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Promising, discusses the place-bound nature of crime as follows: “Most places have no crimes and most crime is highly concentrated in and around a relatively small number of places. If we can prevent crime at these high crime places, then we might be able to reduce total crime.  [The] findings suggest that something about a few places facilitates crimes and something about most places prevents crimes.”  Of course, the something about most property that prevents crimes is an owner (and neighbors) who will not tolerate disorder.  In my view, the focus of community policing should be to encourage and assist the law-abiding landowners and to target the others.

 

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Last updated 06/27/14
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