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U Street Area: Property Crime Down, Violent Crime Up

by Borderstan.com — April 5, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

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In March there were 9 violent crimes, including 6 assaults, in the U Street Corridor area, between 9th and 14th Streets. Six of the 9 crimes were actually right on U Street. Statistics in the chart below are for the area shown above. A more detailed description of this geographical area is at the bottom of this post. (MPD Crime Database)

As noted last month, we are doing something new here at Borderstan with crime stats. We are now doing monthly postings with crime stats for areas that are hubs of three of the main business and commercial corridors in the DupontLoganU 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 U Street corridor.

The U 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 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south.

Summary of March Crime Stats for U 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.”)
  • The good news. The number of property crimes in March 2010 plummeted from March of 2009: there were 19 property crimes last month compared to 44 in March 2009 and 20 in March 2008. The huge decreases were due to a decrease in thefts (from 10 down to 5) and in thefts from autos, which are commonly called smash-and-grabs. There were only 13 thefts from autos last month while there were 30 in March 2009 and 7 in March 2008.
  • The bad news. There were 9 violent crimes in the U Street corridor last month–up from 5 in March of last year and 4 in March 2008. The increase was in assaults with 6 reported last month while none were reported in March 2009. The number of robberies decreased from 5 in March 2009 to 3 last month. Gun crimes totaled 2 in March: 1 robbery and 1 assault were committed with a gun.
  • Total crime down. As a result of the dramatically lower property crimes in March 2010 compared to March 2009, total crime decreased from 44 in March 2009 to 28 in March 2010. However, this is still higher than the 24 total crimes in March 2008.

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

U Street Corridor¹ Crime Stats for March

Crime Type

2008

2009

2010

Homicide 0 0 0
Sex Abuse 0 0 0
Robbery Excluding Gun 1 4 2
Robbery With Gun 2 1 1
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun 1 0 5
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun 0 0 1

Total Violent Crime

4

5

9

Burglary 2 2 0
Theft 8 10 5
Theft From Auto 7 30 13
Stolen Auto 3 2 1
Arson 0 0 0

Total Property Crime

20

44

19

Total Crime

24

49

28

¹ The U 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 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south. This area is in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, which is part of MPD’s Third District.

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