Virginia Crime Data Is Elusive

The Smithfield Times is a weekly paper serving Isle of Wight and Surry counties. Local crime and other problems are well covered in articles, columns and letters to the editor. The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office gives crime information to the paper, but not to a citizen who walks in and asks for it. Twenty Virginia newspapers recently tested the Freedoom of Information Act throughout the state and found about half the local jurisdictions will freely provide the most recent two weeks email between a mayor and council members, a previous weekend crime log of incidents recorded by police or sheriff’s office, and from a fire department the recent fire inspections for a school. About half refused to provide such information. These requests were made by personal appearances. A written request through the mail would probably be less productive. Google search Virginia newspapers on the internet for FOIA during January 07 to find more details, or try this Daily Press Hampton Roads newspaper site,,1,1885454.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

A good place for statistics for the entire state can be found at a site run by a retired attorney,



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