Griffin Criticizes Stagnant Crime Rates in Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, VA – Today, Republican candidate for Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney, Tim Griffin, released numbers outlining growing issues of concern with regard to crime rates throughout the city of Lynchburg.

A particular critique has centered around the City’s static crime numbers that range from forcible rape to aggravated assault. However, other crimes such as extortion saw dramatic spikes in 2015, the most recent data available shows. Even more alarming, this same data by the Virginia State Police shows abductions in the city nearly tripling from 2014 to 2015.

To expand on his concerns with regard to recent data, Griffin stated:
“Over the last decade, Lynchburg has fallen short on producing substantial, tangible improvement in crime rates and we must do better. I applaud the Lynchburg Police Department for its leadership in proactively tackling these issues.  However, there is more that our elected prosecutor can do to lower crime rates, both before and after individual crimes have occurred.”
Details on Lynchburg’s crime rates, including newly compiled data and the first of multiple phases of Griffin’s plan to tackle Lynchburg’s crime rates, may be seen by visiting