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Crime remains steady in Halifax County

Crime rates remained steady in the county with Virginia State Police showing an increase in arrests last year, according to Virginia’s official comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2012.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office last year responded to 909 incidents — the same as 2011 — six kidnapping/abductions, three forcible rapes, 17 other forcible sex offenses, three robberies, 24 aggravated assaults, 175 simple assaults/intimidations and three arsons, according to the detailed document, titled “Crime in Virginia.” 

“Crime in Virginia” provides precise rates and occurrences of crimes committed in towns, cities and counties across the commonwealth.

The report breaks down criminal offenses by the reporting agency as well as arrests by jurisdiction.

The report indicated Halifax County Sheriff’s Office responded last year to 147 burglary calls, 309 larcenies, 23 motor vehicle thefts, seven counterfeiting/forgeries, 34 frauds, three stolen property, 226 destruction of property/vandalisms, 62 drug/narcotic offenses, one non-forcible sex offense, one pornography offense and 14 weapon law violations. 

Last year, county State Police responded to 232 incidents — an increase from the 91 incidents in 2011 — including one burglary, 10 larcenies, one motor vehicle theft, two counterfeiting/forgery, six frauds, one embezzlement, two destruction of property/vandalisms, 211 drug/narcotic offenses and two weapon law violations. 

Halifax County had a population of 26,837 in 2012, according to the report, with an incident rate per 100,000 of 3,387.11.

South Boston Police Department responded to 846 incidents including two kidnapping/abductions, one forcible rape, three forcible sex offenses, eight robberies, 21 aggravated assaults, 177 simple assaults and one arson.

Also South Boston Police authorities investigated 76 burglaries, 329 larcenies, 13 motor vehicle thefts, 11 counterfeiting/forgeries, 35 frauds, 13 embezzlements, 153 destruction of property/vandalisms, 55 drug/narcotic offenses and 12 weapons law violations.

South Boston had a population of 8,102 last year, according to the report, with an incident rate per 100,000 of 10,441.86.

In the Town of Halifax, police responded to 24 incidents including four simple assaults, nine larcenies, 11 destruction/damages/ vandalism and five drug /narcotic offenses, the report stated. 

Halifax had a population of 1,303 last year, according to the report, with an incident rate per 100,000 of 1841.9. 

Adult arrests in the county last year totaled 1,338, and 36 juveniles were arrested. Three adults were charged with kidnapping, two with sex offenses, two with robbery, 25 with aggravated assault, 128 with simple assault, one with arson, 19 with burglary, 125 with larceny, four with motor vehicle theft, six with counterfeiting/forgery, nine with fraud, 11 with embezzlement, one with stolen property, 21 with vandalism, 133 with drug/narcotic offenses, one with nonforcible sex offenses and 21 with weapons law violations.

A total of 14 adults were charged with writing bad checks, one with loitering, 14 with disorderly conduct, 119 with driving under the influence, 115 with drunkenness, 23 with liquor law violations, 55 with trespassing, and 452 adults were arrested on other charges.


In the county 36 juveniles faced charges including one charged with robbery, six with simple assault, five with larceny, one with motor vehicle theft, four with vandalism, three with drug/narcotic offenses, three with disorderly conduct, two with liquor law violations and nine other charges, the report stated.