Va. Beach, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cevera on Tuesday briefed city council on the crime rates for the first six months of the year.
Cevera’s presentation, which is now available online, shows the overall violent crime rate for the city is down this year from January through July 5 compared to 2017.
In the first six months of 2017, there were 11 homicides in Virginia Beach. So far, this year there are seven. However, the number of aggravated assaults have gone up by 24.1 percent.
One of the violent crime hotspots includes the Oceanfront. Much like the rest of the city, the Oceanfront area study shows violent crimes are down in comparison to this time last year.
Aggravated assaults at the Oceanfront have gone up by 64.3 percent from 2017. The study includes data from major events including College Beach Weekend.
The report’s release comes following a violent 4th of July at the Oceanfront. Six people were shot on Atlantic and Pacific avenues in a shooting that was believed to have been a random incident, and not a targeted attack.