At Protect America, we’ve put together a list of the 10 cities in Virginia with the lowest burglary rates.

We call these cities “Burglary Safe Zones.” We’ve also made a list of the 10 cities in Virginia with the highest burglary rates. We call these cities “Burglary Hot Spots.”

Our lists are based on data from the recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. We only counted cities that submitted burglary data.


2016 Virginia Burglary Safe Zones

  1. Purcellville
    • Population 9,235, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: A series of disastrous fires in 1900 and 1914 virtually wiped out Purcellville’s business district and destroyed a lot of the earliest architectural heritage.
  2. New Market
    • Population 2,212, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Director Sean McNamara produced a film, “Field of Lost Shoes,” based off actions of the cadets during the Battle of New Market in the Civil War.
  3. Amherst
    • Population 2,200, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Amherst was named in honor of Lord Jeffery Amherst, also known as the “Conqueror of Canada.”
  4. Williamsburg
    • Population 14,915, Burglaries 9
    • Town trivia: Lassie, a famous fictional rough collie dog character, is one of the famous visitors of Williamsburg, riding by carriage through the area in 1966.
  5. Dayton
    • Population 1,587, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Korean pop group “Twice” uses Dayton as a background setting for one of their music videos.
  6. Salem
    • Population 25,556, Burglaries 17
    • Town trivia: Earliest history of Salem dates back to 8000 B.C. with evidence of Native American tribes.
  7. Rural Retreat
    • Population 1,486, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Wade Morrison, creator of Dr. Pepper, named the soda after meeting M.D. Charles Pepper in Rural Retreat.
  8. Leesburg
    • Population 51,254, Burglaries 36
    • Town trivia: Leesburg held one of the earliest institutes to educate former slaves post-Civil War.
  9. Manassas Park
    • Population 15,333, Burglaries 11
    • Town trivia: Johnny Michael Span, former CIA agent killed in combat after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, was a resident of Manassas Park.
  10. Honaker
    • Population 1,388, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Honaker is known as the “Redbud Capital of the World.”

2016 Virginia Burglary Hot Spots

  1. Grottoes
    • Population 2,755, Burglaries 62
    • Town trivia: Grottoes is home to America’s oldest show cave, Grand Caverns.
  2. Portsmouth
    • Population 95,877, Burglaries 1,191
    • Town trivia: In 1855, Portsmouth suffered a yellow fever epidemic which killed one of every three citizens.
  3. Crewe
    • Population 2,272, Burglaries 23
    • Town trivia: Crewe holds a chicken festival annually on every third Wednesday in June.
  4. Petersburg
    • Population 32,647, Burglaries 265
    • Town trivia: Pocahantas Island is the oldest free black community in the nation.
  5. Coeburn
    • Population 1,998, Burglaries 16
    • Town trivia: Jesse McReynolds, an American bluegrass musician, is from Coeburn.
  6. Exmore
    • Population 1,440, Burglaries 11
    • Town trivia: Exmore received its’ name because it was the tenth railroad station south of Delaware, so there were “x more” stations to go.
  7. Danville
    • Population 42,210, Burglaries 316
    • Town trivia: Danville was the last headquarters for the Confederate States of America over the space of a few days.
  8. Richmond
    • Population 220,802, Burglaries 1,605
    • Town trivia: Richmond was the site of Patrick Henry’s famous line, “Give me Liberty or Give me Death!”
  9. Appalachia
    • Population 1,668, Burglaries 12
    • Town trivia: Appalachia is home to the world’s second-shortest railroad tunnel.
  10. Marion
    • Population 5,852, Burglaries 38
    • Town trivia: Marion is the birthplace of the soft drink Mountain Dew.

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