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17th Street Area: March Crimes Stats Show Mixed Numbers

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There were 5 violent crimes in the 17th Street area in March: 4 robberies (without guns) and 1 assault with a deadly weapon (with gun). The assault was on the 1500 block of Corcoran Street; the 4 robberies were all on P Street between 16th and 18th. (MPD Crime Database)

Starting last month we began doing something new here at Borderstan with crime stats—monthly postings with crime stats for areas that are hubs of three of the main commercial corridors in the Dupont–Logan–U Street area: 12th and U NW, 14th and Q NW, and 17th and Q NW.

These are approximately the centers of the U Street, 14th Street and 17th Street commercial corridors. As centers for neighborhood life, they can also be crime magnets. But, all three of the reporting areas listed above will encompass surrounding residential areas as well, as shown in the map above for the 14th Street corridor.

Why the switch? The area’s commercial strips are centers for neighborhood life—and as a result they can also be crime magnets. All three of the reporting areas listed above will encompass surrounding residential areas as well, as shown in the map above for the U Street corridor. Moreover, all three streets have large numbers of residential buildings, too.

Today’s posting is for 17th Street, centered at 17th and Q Streets NW, the center of the commercial strip on 17th Street. The 17th Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW—an area that roughly runs  from 18th Street on the west to 15th Street on the east and from S Street on the north to O Street/Massachusetts Avenue on the south. The area is in Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which covers the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Last week we ran similar posts for U Street and 14th Street with March numbers.

Summary of March Crime Stats for 17th Street Corridor

  • A return to normal. After an abnormally low number of crimes in February due to the snowstorms, the number of crimes in the U Street area returned to more predictable level. (Due to the major snowstorms and severe weather, crime was down throughout DC; see “DC Crime Plummets During Snowpocalypse.”)
  • Total crime down slightly, March over March. Total crime for the 17th Street area was down in March 2010 over March 2009 thanks to the noticeable drop in thefts and burglaries—but higher than in March 2008. There were 21 total crimes in March 2010 compared to 23 in March 2009 and 13 in March 2008—meaning that crime was actually 62% higher in March of this year compared to two years ago.
  • Property crime down March over March. Property crime for the area was lower in March 2010 than in March 2009—but still higher than March 2008. The number of property crimes in March by year: 10 in 2008, 21 in 2009 and 16 in 2010. Thefts have declined, but thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) are up (see chart below). Burglaries were down, from 4 in March of last year to just 1 last month.
  • Violent crime up, March over March.The 17th Street corridor and surrounding area have seen a rash of robberies in the past few months. This was clear in the March 2010 stats when there were 5 violent crimes compared to just 2 in March 2009 and 3 in March 2008. Of the violent crimes last month, 4 were robberies (none with guns) and 1 assault in which a gun was used. The robberies all occurred on the 1600 and 1700 blocks of P Street NW; the assault was on the 1500 block of Corcoran Street NW.

Detailed crime stats for the 17th Street Corridor in March 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

17th Street CorridorÂą Crime Stats for March

Crime Type

2008

2009 

2010

Homicide 0 0 0
Sex Abuse 0 0 0
Robbery Excluding Gun 0 2 4
Robbery With Gun 1 0 0
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun 1 0 0
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun 1 0 1

Total Violent Crime

3

2

5

Burglary 0 4 1
Theft 8 10 2
Theft From Auto 1 5 10
Stolen Auto 1 2 3
Arson 0 0 0

Total Property Crime

10

21

16

Total Crime

13

23

21

¹ The 17th Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 17th and Q Streets NW—an area that roughly runs  from 18th Street on the west to 15th Street on the east and from S Street on the north to O Street/Massachusetts Avenue on the south. The crime reporting is in Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which is part of MPD’s Second District.

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Rhoades has lived in the Borderstan area for 17 years. When he’s not writing about the area he loves, he follows politics, tends his garden and spoils Lupe, the world’s cutest and smartest dog. Find him on Twitter @mattyrhoades; email him at matty[AT]borderstan.com.

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