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Area Property Crimes: Down from Last Year’s Surge


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Click to enlarge: There were 29 stolen autos in the 12th and U Street area in the year ended April 19. Six were on T Street and seven were on 10th Street. (MPD crime database)

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‚ÄĒ14th Street, 17th Street and U Street‚ÄĒthere 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‚ÄĒwhich is either unchanged in the past two years or has gone up‚ÄĒproperty 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.

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PSA 208: Violent Crime Down 4% in 2008


For Police Service Area (PSA) 208, violent crime decreased 4% in 2008. However, property crime jumped 9%, which means that total crime increased 7% in 2008 in PSA 208. The big increase was thefts from autos, which shot up 28% in 2008.

Generally, PSA 208 takes in the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods. West Borderstan is part of PSA 208 (from 15th to 16th and P to S Streets NW) while East Borderstan (14th to 15th Streets) is part of PSA 307.

Highlights and a table with detailed numbers follow.

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PSA 307: Violent Crime Down 17% in 2008


For Police Service Area (PSA) 307, violent crime decreased 17% in 2008. However, total crime decreased only 1%, due to a 2% increase in property crimes; the rise in property crimes was in thefts from autos and stolen autos.

Generally, PSA 307 encompasses the Logan Circle neighborhood and parts of Shaw. East Borderstan is part of PSA 307 (from 14th to 15th and P to S Streets NW). West Borderstan (15th to 16th Streets) is part of PSA 208.

Highlights and a table with detailed numbers follow.

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4th-Quarter PSA 307 Crime Stats


For Police Service Area (PSA) 307, fourth-quarter violent crime is down 13% in 2008 while property crimes increased 7% for 2008 over 2007. The big increase is in thefts from autos. Overall, the fourth-quarter crime rate for PSA 307 rose 3% in 2008 from the fourth quarter of 2007.

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4th-Quarter PSA 208 Crime Stats


For Police Service Area (PSA) 208, fourth-quarter violent crime is down 10% in 2008 after spiking 22% in 2007. What is striking is the dramatic increase in property crimes in 2008 over the previous two years: burglaries, thefts and thefts from autos.  The increases in fouth-quarter property crime have caused the total crime rate for the quarter to climb in both 2007 and 2008.

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4th-Quarter Borderstan Crime Stats


For Borderstan, fourth-quarter violent crime (October through December) is down 40% in 2008 while property crimes increased 24% in 2008 from 2007 in the same period. The big fourth-quarter increases are in thefts from autos and stolen autos. Overall, the fourth-quarter crime rate for Borderstan rose 13% in 2008 from the fourth quarter of 2007. However, the overall rate is still 15% below that of 2006.

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PSA 307 Crime Down in Early Dec. from 2007


The table, below, has crime stats for Police Service Area (PSA) 307 for the the first half of December (1st through 16th) for 2006, 2007 and 2008. Generally, PSA 307 encompasses the Logan Circle neighborhood and parts of Shaw.

In terms of overall numbers, crime for the first half of December in PSA 307 has dropped in each of the past two years. There were three violent crimes in 2008 compared to seven in 2007 and 15 in 2006. Regarding property crimes, there were 28 in 2008 compared to 41 in 2007 and 54 in 2006. 

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PSA 208: Property Crimes Almost Double in Early Dec.


The table, below, has crime stats for Police Service Area (PSA) 208 for the first half of December (1st through 16th) for 2006, 2007 and 2008. Generally, PSA 208 encompasses the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods.

Violent crime is down. What is striking is the dramatic increase in property crimes in 2008 over the previous two years: burglaries, thefts and thefts from autos. The rate is almost double 2007.

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