Property Crime

The Virginia State Police and the DMV are highlighting a program that’s been around for some time … but because of a change in state law, it's being extended to a growing category of motorists.

Moped and motorcycle operators are now being offered a free accessory that police believe helps deter theft and even lowers some insurance premiums.

Each year the Virginia State Police issues an annual crime analysis breaking down incidents by location and type. The most recent analysis for crimes in 2013 puts a city at the top of the list that doesn’t think it belongs there.

After the Arsons

Apr 15, 2013

Virginia's rural Eastern Shore community is getting back to normal after Charles Smith confessed to a majority of the 77 arsons set there since November.

The area  has an abundance of renovated manors and crumbling structures, some more than 200 years old.

At first residents were glad when arsonists targeted derelict houses. But as the crimes went on, they began to wear on the tiny community.

VaNews for 04.09.13

Apr 9, 2013

Internet reports of an emergency lockdown at The College of William and Mary went national recently - but it never happened...and suspects are in custody in a string of arsons on Virginia’s eastern shore.

Newspaper stories about both made the most-clicked list for the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.

Eastern Shore Arsons

Mar 25, 2013
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In the rural beach community of Accomack County, state and federal investigators are searching for clues in the ashes of what is now the 73rd arson since last November.

Many of the old Eastern Shore farmhouses being targeted are used only during the summer by visitors or migrant workers who harvest and pack produce.

State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the arsons happen at night and neighbors live a mile or more away from each other making it difficult to see anyone suspicious.