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U Street: Smash and Grabs, Assaults Up Last Month

U Street NW MPD Crime Database

Property crime rising again: There were 21 thefts from autos last month, up from seven in November 2009, and the same as in November 2008. (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, property crime has been falling in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. This means that the number of property crimes recorded each month this year was almost always lower than in the same month of 2009.

However, this pattern has reversed the past two months: Property crime in October and November in the area has generally been higher than last year — dramatically, in some cases. This was the again the case in November with the U Street area¹ (see map).

The rise in property crimes was due to a big YOY jump in thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”). In addition, violent crime was up YOY in November due to a spike in assaults in the U Street area.

Borderstan’s U Street reporting area¹ (see accompanying maps) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U St. NW. The boundaries are roughly from 14th St. on the west to 9th St. on the east and from W St. on the north to S St. on the south. All crime numbers are from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Crime Database.

Violent Crime Up in November

Violent crime was up in the U Street area last month compared to November 2009, but slightly lower than November 2008. There were five violent crimes last month, four of them assaults (no guns) and one robbery with a gun. This compares to one robbery in November 2009, and six robberies (one with a gun) in November 2008.

Smash and Grabs Drive Up Property Crime

There were four assaults (no guns) in November and one robbery, which was on the 1300 block of T Street NW. (MPD Crime Database)

There were 30 property crimes in the U Street area in November and 21 of them were smash and grabs from cars.

This compares to 17 property crimes in November 2009, of which seven were thefts from autos. Last month’s numbers are the same as November 2008 — 30 property crimes, of which 21 were thefts from autos.

Total crime stats for November 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

U Street Area¹ Crime Stats for November 2008, 2009, 2010

Crime Type November 2008 November 2009 November 2010
Homicide 0 0 0
Sex Abuse 0 0 0
Robbery Excluding Gun 5 1 0
Robbery With Gun 1 0 1
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun 0 0 4
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun 0 0 0
Total Violent Crime 6 1 5
Burglary 0 0 1
Theft 4 10 7
Theft From Auto 21 7 21
Stolen Auto 5 0 1
Arson 0 0 0
Total Property Crime 30
Total Crime 36 18

Source: MPD Crime Database

¹ The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U St. NW — an area that roughly runs from 14th St. on the west to 9th St. on the east and from W St. on the north to S St. on the south. This area is in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, which is part of MPD’s Third District.

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