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September Crime Stats: More Property Crimes; Gun Crimes Up

Click to enlarge: There were 10 violent crimes in Borderstan in September 2009. There is a noticeable concentration in the northeastern part of the area. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: There were 10 violent crimes in Borderstan in September 2009. There is a noticeable concentration in the northeastern part of the area. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: Thefts from autos are the most common type of crime in the Borderstan area; there were 30 in September 2009. This map shows a concentration west of 15th St. NW. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: Thefts from autos are the most common crime in the Borderstan area; there were 30 in September 2009. This map shows a concentration west of 15th St. NW. (Map: MPD crime database)

The number of crimes in September 2009 in the Borderstan crime reporting areaÂą is up substantially over the previous two Septembers, 2007 and 2008.

The rise is being driven by property crimes, mostly thefts (up 85% from two years ago) and thefts from autos (up 173% from two years ago).

While violent crime remained steady, the number of gun crimes is up noticeably—a trend we have been seeing all year.

Total crime (both violent and property crimes) for the  month of September 2009 in the Borderstan crime area¹ is 27% higher than in September 2008 and 61% higher than September 2007.

September: Year by Year

  • 44 crimes in September 2007
  • 56 crimes in September 2008 (27% increase over 2007)
  • 71 crimes in September 2009 (27% increase over 2008 and 61% increase over 2007).

Historical numbers are provided to give you perspective on the crime rate trend in the neighborhood. (You can run crime statistics from the DC MPD online crime database for up to two years.)

Total Crime

  • There were 71 total crimes in the Borderstan crime areaÂą in September 2009 compared to 56 in September 2008 and 44 in September 2007. Percentage-wise, crime was up 27% last month compared to the previous year and 61% over 2007.

 

Violent Crime

  • There were were 10 violent crimesin Borderstan in September of this year—the same as in September 2008 and 2007.
    • The number of robberies (with and without a gun) is has remained steady for September in the past three years; there were 9 in 2007, 8 in 2008 and 9 this year.
    • Gun crimes (robberies and assaults committed with a gun) are up: 2 in September 2007, 3 in September 2008 and 6 in September this year. This follows a trend we have seen this year in Borderstan. While violent crime may remain steady or rise slightly, gun crimes are almost always higher than in previous years.
    • Assault with a dangerous weapon (with and without a gun): There was 1 assault in September 2009 compared to 2 in September 2008 and 0 in September 2007.

Property Crime

  • There were 61 property crimes in the area in August 2009, a 35% increase from the 46 property crimes in 2008, and a 79% increase from the 34 property crimes in September 2007.
    • Thefts from autos continue to skyrocket: 30 in September 2009 compared to 21 in 2008 and 11 in 2007. In two years, the number of thefts from autos has increased 173%
    • Stolen autos: There were 4 stolen autos in September of this year compared to 6 in September of last year and 4 in September 2007.
    • Burglaries: The number of burglaries in September of this year was 3, lower than the 4 last year and the 6 burglaries in September 2007.
    • Thefts: The number of thefts continues to skyrocket, a pattern we have seen this year. There were 24 in September 2009, far higher than in the previous two Septembers; 15 in 2008 and 13 in 2007. Thefts have increased 85% in two years.

Note on year-to date crime trends: For a look at how the first three quarters (January through September) of 2009 crime compares to the same periods in 2008 and 2007, check back on Wednesday.

BorderstanÂą Crime Stats for September 2007, 2008 & 2009

Crime Type

September
2007

September
2008

September
2009

Homicide

0

0

0

Sex Abuse

1

0

0

Robbery Excluding Gun

7

5

4

Robbery With Gun

2

3

5

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun

0

2

0

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun

0

0

1

Total Violent Crime

10

10

10

Burglary

6

4

3

Theft

13

15

24

Theft From Auto

11

21

30

Stolen Auto

4

6

4

Arson

0

0

0

Total Property Crime

34

46

61

Total Crime

 

44

56

71

¹ The Borderstan crime reporting area (see map above) covers a circular area that radiates 1,500 feet from 15th and Corcoran Streets NW—an area that runs  from 13th Street/Logan Circle west to New Hampshire Avenue/half way between 17th and 18th Streets… and from Rhode Island Avenue/O Street  in the south to T/Caroline Streets in the north. The Borderstan crime reporting area includes parts of Police Service Area (PSA) 208 (west of 15th) and PSA 307 (east of 15th), with a sliver of PSA 305 in the northeast.

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No Responses to “September Crime Stats: More Property Crimes; Gun Crimes Up”

  1. 14th st binx says:

    Haven’t seen him addressed on Borderstan yet, but the bum on the corner of 14th and R st definitely has new gear every day of the week. He is also close to losing his mind and may kill someone when it gets below 30 degrees. Maybe we should look into him as a possible perpetrator.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you Chief Cathy Lanier & Mayor Adrian Fenty for all of you hard work & leadership in fighting crime in DC. The robbery with a gun at 14th & S on Sat night has become the norm for our community.

  3. Jessica Erfer says:

    Our car was, for the second time in 6 weeks, broken in to. Nothing taken, as nothing is in the car. But every time you replace a window, it’s time and about $225.

    We always park in very visable spots now – we were on the CORNER of NH and Swann across from the between Swann House and our condo building. We were the FIRST spot on the street, very visible.

    Can people post what they’ve been doing to try to avoid this repeat crime? I have heard of people leaving notes and just saying ‘f it’ and leaving their car unlocked, i.e. “there is nothing of value in the car. Please do not break the window. If you want something, the door is unlocked”. Anyone? Bueller?

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