Violent, property crimes down in Virginia

POSTED: 4:19 AM May 21 2013   UPDATED: 4:33 PM May 21 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -

State Police statistics show both violent and property crimes fell about three percent in Virginia in 2012 compared to the year before.     

The report released Monday showed there were 316 murders in the state last year, compared with 305 in 2011.    

State Police say drug and narcotics offenses rose 9.4 percent and increased for the third straight year. Crimes such as burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts fell 3.3 percent, while murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults dropped by 3 percent. Specifically, there was a 13.2 percent decrease in robberies. Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts fell 8 percent.      

The report didn't specify reasons behind the changes.