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EveryBlock Washington: Recent Crimes in Borderstan

by Borderstan.com March 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm 0

Happy Hump Day (Wednesday), Borderstanians. I am posting some area crimes that occurred in Borderstan. The source is EveryBlock Washington, which gets its crime data from the Washington MPD’s Crime Incidents ASAP.

I have set up a feed on my home page so that I get a crime report for our area every day. You can do the same and get information in addition to crimes. (I am going to try to set up a feed here at Borderstan.com.) More information about EveryBlock Washington’s crime feed is below the fold.

Recent Borderstan Crimes

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EveryBlock is available in a number of large cities and you can track all kinds of information:

  • Public Records, including calls for city services and crimes in the geographic area(s) you select.
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Source: EveryBlock

About crimes

Summary

In this section of EveryBlock, we publish crime reports made throughout the city — so you can find out about major criminal activities in your neighborhood and on your block.

The Metropolitan Police Department provides information about several types of crime — theft, theft from an automobile, the theft of an automobile, robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, sex abuse, homicide and arson.

Each report also includes the location and date of the alleged crime, a police identification number unique to each report, the shift (evening, midnight or day) and, in some cases, a narrative description from the police.

Please note that this information is based on preliminary data that can change and sometimes is found to be baseless. The city’s data includes only events that can be mapped, meaning that about 3 percent of reports are excluded.

Also note that the police department announced in March 2009 that it would no longer provide narrative accounts of crimes, citing privacy concerns.

Source

The data comes from Crime Incidents (ASAP) data feed of the DC Data Catalog as reported by Metropolitan Police Department. The city updates its data each day, and we at EveryBlock publish new crime reports every day. Note that the city usually introduces a lag of at least two business days between when a crime is reported and when it appears in the database.

What else should I know about the Washington police?

This data reflects information based on preliminary DC Index crime data, and does not represent official statistics submitted to the FBI under the Uniform Crime Reporting program. Offenses are coded based on DC criminal code and not FBI offense classifications.

Every Washington resident lives in a Police Service Area. Each PSA has a team of police officers and officials assigned to it, and residents are encouraged to get to know their PSA team members and learn how to work with them.

To contact Metropolitan Police, the department has a How to Reach Us page. The department also outlines how residents can make complaints or recommend commendations on its Commendations, Citizen Complaints and Use of Force Issues page.

The city also provides Victims Resources and a Crime Incidents (ASAP) page that explains some of the department’s terminology.

The police department provides the following disclaimer for its information:

“The data made available here has been modified for use from its original source, which is the Government of the District of Columbia. Neither the District of Columbia Government nor the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) makes any claims as to the completeness, accuracy or content of any data contained in this application; makes any representation of any kind, including, but not limited to, warranty of the accuracy or fitness for a particular use; nor are any such warranties to be implied or inferred with respect to the information or data furnished herein. The data is subject to change as modifications and updates are complete. It is understood that the information contained in the dataset is being used at one’s own risk.”

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