CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville Police Department has released its 2023 Annual Report, finding a slight decline in overall crime.

This is despite a spike in gun violence that occurred between January and March of last year, in which officers were responding to a shots fired call per day on average, as well as three homicides.

CPD breaks down its Part 1 Crime statistics into three categories: crimes against persons, crimes against property and crimes against society.

Several types of crimes decreased.

In the crimes against persons category, the number of aggravated assaults dropped by more than half to 81.

Another significant decrease was in the number of forcible rape calls, which went down from 29 in 2022 to 11 in 2023.

In all, the total number of crimes in this category fell from 872 in 2022 to 741 last year.

However, the number of homicides tripled from two to six.

On the other hand, several crimes in the crimes against property category surged, including vandalism, false pretenses, burglary/breaking and entering, and shoplifting.

The largest increase was seen in shoplifting cases, which went from 142 in 2022 to 205 in 2023.

The number of vandalism cases jumped from 443 to 522.

Still, some types of crimes in this category did decrease, including credit card fraud, robbery, and theft of motor vehicle parts.

Overall, the total number of cases in this category increased from 2,253 to 2,397.

And the number of cases in the crimes against society category dipped from 208 in 2022 to 179 last year.

These crimes include drug violations, pornography, and weapons law violations.

There was another trend that climbed last year: opioid overdoses.

CPD reports that 2023 saw the highest average monthly overdoses since tracking began in 2017, and July recorded the highest number of overdoses in a single month.

There were 101 overdoses in 2023, up from 79 in 2022. Among those, more than half of these patients were Black.

CPD’s data does not specify how many of these overdoses resulted in deaths, but across the country, the number of overdose deaths decreased for the first time since 2018.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 107,540 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2023, down three percent from the estimated 111,030 deaths in 2022.

View the full report here.