Last Wednesday we had a post on violent crime trends over the past three years for three specific areas in Borderstan. Today is a look at property crime trends over the same periods of time for the same three areas.
These property crime numbers are from the MPD Crime Database and each set of numbers is for the previous one-year period, i.e., April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010. For each of the three crime reporting areas—14th Street, 17th Street and U Street—there are three sets of numbers. (We report on these specific geographic areas because they are commercial strips and centers for neighborhood life, which can also make them crime magnets.)
Unlike violent crime in the area—which is either unchanged in the past two years or has gone up—property crime has declined in the past year. However, property crime rates are only back down to where there were two years ago. In terms of the overall crime rate, it is declining property crime rates that are driving the overall crime rate.
Property Crimes for All Three Areas
For the three reporting areas combined (14th Street, 17th Street and U Street), there were the following number of property crimes by year:
- April 19, 2007 to April 19, 2008: 766 property crimes (includes 117 burglaries, 309 thefts from autos, 108 stolen autos)
- April 19, 2008 to April 19, 2009: 933 property crimes (includes 92 burglaries, 470 thefts from autos, 125 stolen autos)
- April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010: 787 property crimes (includes 53 burglaries, 397 thefts from autos, 72 stolen autos)
Notable Trends for Three Combined Areas
- For the three areas combined, property crimes are down 15.6% for the one-year period ended April 19 when compared to the previous year. However, the total number is still up slightly from two years ago, about 3%.
- As of April 19, the number of burglaries in the previous year was 42% lower than in the previous one-year period, and 55% lower than two years ago.
- The number of stolen autos has declined by 42% in the past year after increasing 16% between April 2008 and April 2009.
- The number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) declined 16% in the past year, but is still 28% higher than two years ago.
- Other property crimes in the MPD crime stats are theft and arson.
Property crime stats for each of the three reporting areas are below the fold.