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YTD Borderstan Crime Up 21%; May Numbers Better

by Borderstan.com — June 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm 0

 

Year to date (YTD), total crime in the Borderstan area of DupontLogan is up 21% in 2009 over 2008, fueled by a 24% rise in property crimes. The increase means that crime levels for the first five months of the year are are back at 2007 levels, after dropping noticeably in 2008. While the the violent crime rate for the January through May period of 2009 is unchanged over the same period in 2008, there has been a sharp increase in robberies and gun crimes.

  • For the January-May period, there were 116 crimes (violent and property crimes) in 2009, compared to 96 crimes in 2008 and 118 crimes in 2007.
  • However, the May numbers by themselves tell a slightly different story.

May Numbers More Encouraging

When one looks at only the May crime data for Borderstan, a slightly different picture emerges. For May only, there was actually a slight drop in the number of crimes in Borderstan in 2009 compared to 2008. In other words, the increase in crime in Borderstan in 2009 occurred during the first four months of 2009 (January 1 through April 30). It will be interesting to see if this trend continues during the summer months. The May crime stats show:

  • For May 2009, there were 23 total crimes in Borderstan–compared to 25 in May 2008 and 25 in May 2007.
  • There were 4 violent crimes in Borderstan in May 2009. However, all of them were robberies and one involved a gun. In May 2008 there were 2 violent crimes, both of them assaults. In May 2007, Borderstan had 1 violent crime, an assault.
  • In terms of property crimes, the number of crimes has actually dropped over the past two years: 24 property crimes in 2007, 23 in 2008 and 19 in 2009.
    • Burglaries: 2 in May 2007, 3 in May 2008 and 2 in May 2009.
    • Thefts from autos: 13 in May 2007 and May 2008, but just 8 in May 2009.
    • Thefts: Thefts are up slight over the past two years, from 5 in May 2007 to 6 in 2008 and 8 in 2009.

A more detailed analysis of YTD (January 1 through May 31) Borderstan crime data follows.

What are Borderstan crimes? They are crimes that occur within 1,000 feet (circular pattern) of 15th and Corcoran Streets NW (center of Borderstan). West Borderstan (west of 15th NW) is part of PSA 208 while East Borderstan (east of 15th NW) is part of PSA 307. Borderstan borders are P to S Streets and 14th to 16th Streets NW.

Noticeable Crime Trends in Borderstan, January through May

 

  • The number of violent crimes in Borderstan for the first five month of 2009 is the same as in 2008: 14, which compares to 18 for the same reporting period of 2007. But the devil is in the details, with a disturbing rise in gun crimes and robberies.
    • The number of gun crimes (robberies and assaults in which a gun was used) actually increased from 3 in 2008 to 5 in 2009 (compared to 2 in 2007).
    • The number of robberies (with and without a gun) in Borderstan rose for the January-May reporting period–there were 14 the first five months of this year compared to 8 in 2008 and 9 in 2007. This is a 75% increase.
    • However, there were no assaults (with either a gun or other dangerous weapon) for the January to May 2009 period in Borderstan. There were 6 assaults in 2008 and 5 assaults in 2007.
  • The total increase in the crime rate for the January-May period was due to the number of property crimes (as opposed to violent crimes), which rose 24% over last year and are back at the 2007  level.
    • There were 102 property crimes for first five months of the year compared to 82 last year and 100 in 2007.
    • Burglaries, thefts and stolen autos increased over last year, January-May. However, the number of thefts from autos actually dropped slightly, from 39 to 38.
    • The number of burglaries in Borderstan for the first five months of 2009 was up 40%, from 10 in 2008 to 14 in 2008; this compares to 5 for the same period in 2007.
    • The number of thefts in the neighborhood shot up 50% for the January-May period, from 26 in both 2007 and 2008, to 39 in 2009.
    • Auto crimes (thefts from autos and stolen autos) in Borderstan were also up for the first five months of the year, due to an increase in stolen autos, to 49 from 46 in 2008 and 69 in 2007.
      • There were 38 thefts from autos compared in 39 in 2008 (still far below the 59 for the same period in 2007).
      • The number stolen autos rose noticeably over last year for the period, to 11 from 7 in 2008; there were 10 stolen autos for the period in 2007.

A table with detailed Borderstan numbers follows.

Crime Type Borderstan
2007 YTD
Jan.-May

Crime Stats
Borderstan
2008 YTD
Jan.-May

Crime Stats
Borderstan
2009 YTD
Jan.-May

Crime Stats
Homicide

0

0

0

Sex Abuse

4

0

0

Robbery Excluding Gun

7

6

9

Robbery With Gun

2

2

5

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun

5

5

0

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun

0

1

0

Total Violent Crime Year-to-Date

18

14

14

Burglary

5

10

14

Theft

26

26

39

Theft From Auto

59

39

38

Stolen Auto

10

7

11

Arson

0

0

0

Total Property Crime Year-to-Date

100

82

102

TOTAL CRIME YEAR-TO-DATE

118

96

116

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