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17th Street Area: Property Crime Down 46% YOY

17th Street NW Dupont Circle MPD crime statistics

There were 32 violent crimes in the 17th Street area in the first 9 months of 2010: 25 robberies and 7 assaults. Three of these crimes involved a gun. (MPD Crime Database)

Last week we looked at the 9-month stats for the U Street and 14th Street areas. This week’s snapshot of crime stats for the 17th Street area shows that property crime is down 46% in the first 9 months of 2010, on a year-over-year (YOY) basis (YOY means numbers are compared to the same period of last year). Violent crime is steady, but the huge drop in property crime has driven down the total crime rate of the area.

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.

Property Crime Down Dramatically

  • After an increase in 2009 – due to rising property crime – the number of total crimes in the 17th Street area in the first 9 months of 2010 totaled 148. This is dramatically lower than the 245 crimes in the same period of 2009 and 224 in the same period of 2008. The decrease is due entirely to fewer property crimes.
  • There were 32 violent crimes in the Jan. 1-Sept. 30 period this year, exactly the same as the 32 in the first 9 months of 2009. This is down from the 37 violent crimes in the 17th Street area in the same period of 2008.
  • Property crime continues to decline in the 17th Street area (a trend seen in the U Street and 14th Street areas as well). There were 116 property crimes during the first 9 months of 2009, a 46% decline from the 213 property crimes in the same period of 2009 and a 38% decrease from the 187 property crimes in the first 9 months of 2008.
  • The most notable decreases were burglaries, thefts and thefts from autos (smash and grabs). The number of stolen autos increased slightly YOY in the first 9 months of 2010.

Robberies, Assaults, Gun Crimes

  • The number of robberies in the first 9 months of 2010 in the 17th Street area totaled 25—2 were committed with a gun and 23 without a gun. This compares to 31 robberies in the first 9 months of 2009 (8 with a gun) and 28 robberies in the first 9 months of 2008 (3 with a gun).
  • The number of assaults in the first 9 months of this year is up: there have been 7 this year (1 with a gun) compared to 1 in the same period last year and 9 in the January through September period of 2008.
  • Total gun crimes are homicides, robberies and assaults committed with a gun. There have been 3 gun crimes in the 17th Street area this year, compared to 8 in the first 9 months of 2009 and 3 in the same period of 2008.

Total crime stats by category are below the fold.

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17th Street¹ Crime Stats for Jan. 1-Sept. 30 Period of 2008, 2009, 2010

Crime Type

Jan. 1-Sept. 30
2008

Jan. 1-Sept. 30
2009

Jan. 1-Sept. 30
2010

Homicide 0 0 0
Sex Abuse 0 0 0
Robbery Excluding Gun 25 23 23
Robbery With Gun 3 8 2
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun 9 1 6
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun 0 0 1

Total Violent Crime

37

32

32

Burglary 17 24 4
Theft 61 83 53
Theft From Auto 89 93 44
Stolen Auto 19 13 15
Arson 1 0 0

Total Property Crime

187

213

116

Total Crime

224

245

148

Source: MPD Crime Database

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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