Keeping the families who live, work, and play in Roanoke and the surrounding region safe is top priority. Thanks to the dedicated men and women of law enforcement serving our communities, engaging with citizens, and keeping our neighborhoods safe, our region maintains a violent crime rate that is well below the national average. Protecting the region’s metropolitan center is the City of Roanoke Police Department. The department is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and is one of only a few localities in Virginia to have maintained its status as a Certified Crime Prevention Community since 2001.

Crime Statistics

Violent Crimes Per 100,000 People
Roanoke Region261.9
National Rate390.2
Nashville, TN616.3
Greensboro-High Point, NC576.2
Chattanooga, TN612.7
Charleston, SC446.2
Asheville, NC317.1
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report, 2020