Area rates of serious crime remain similar or slightly lower than 2017 numbers, according to an annual crime analysis report by Virginia State Police released Friday.

The data reflect offenses reported to the state by individual agencies across Virginia in 2018. According to the report, rates for most types of crime decreased across the state from 2017 to 2018, though reports of forcible sex offenses, motor vehicle theft and drug offenses increased. Crimes against the person — which include assault, rape, murder and other such offenses — occurred roughly every six minutes in 2018, for a total of 89,701 offenses.

Homicides declined from 2017 rates in Central Virginia, according to the report. The Charlottesville Police Department and authorities in Albemarle, Nelson, Buckingham and Orange counties each reported one homicide.

In March, Cardian Eubanks was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2018 shooting death of his estranged fiancée, Amanda Bates. The murder occurred at Bates’ father’s home in Albemarle.

In October, Xavier Murphy pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and discharging a weapon in the death of his girlfriend, Tatiana Wells, at the Charlottesville Days Inn.

 In 2017, 17 homicides were reported in the area.

The report includes 161 hate crimes, which are not considered as separate, distinct offenses in Virginia. The majority of reported hate crimes were motivated by racial bias, according to the report. Thirty racially motivated incidents were vandalism, 32 were simple assault and five involved an aggravated assault.

The report lists two officer-involved shootings reported in Charlottesville and in Nelson County.

Charlottesville’s incident involved Timothy Lamont Miles, a spokesman for the police department confirmed Friday. Miles allegedly exchanged gunfire with officers in September 2018, and is awaiting trial for felony attempted capital murder and for possession of a gun as a felon.

Both shootings have been deemed justified.

Crimes counted in the VSP report are those considered to be the most serious and include homicide, kidnapping, forcible rape and other forcible sex offenses, robbery, assault, arson, blackmail, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, forgery, fraud, embezzlement, vandalism, pornography, gambling, prostitution, bribery and weapons violations.

Out of 60 forcible rapes reported to city and county police departments in the region, Albemarle County led Central Virginia with 26 reported incidents. Charlottesville reported 22, while Louisa County reported seven, Madison County reported four, Buckingham County reported four and Orange County reported one.

The University of Virginia reported 10 forcible rapes, according to the report. That would be a decrease from 2017 numbers, when 16 rapes were reported in the university’s annual incident report, with three ultimately determined unfounded.

The University of Virginia reported 400 offenses and 98 arrests to state agencies. UVa reported simple assault most frequently, at 103 offenses.

Virginia Tech, which has a larger student body, recorded 525 offenses and 348 arrests.

The schools’ individual annual incident reports for 2018 incidents will likely be available later in the fall.

In Charlottesville and Albemarle, simple assault was the most frequently reported crime, with vandalism and larceny following. Madison, Greene and Buckingham County also reported simple assault most frequently.

Louisa County reported vandalism and destruction of property most frequently.

In the Orange and Nelson counties, drug and narcotic offenses were the most frequently reported crime, followed by vandalism and larceny.

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Ruth Serven Smith is a reporter for The Daily Progress. Contact her at (434) 978-7254, or @RuthServen on Twitter.

Ruth Serven Smith is a reporter for The Daily Progress. Contact her at (434) 978-7254, or @RuthServen on Twitter.

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