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Dupont Crime: Property Crimes Drive 10% Increase Since 2007

by Borderstan.com — December 6, 2009 at 9:31 pm 0

Dupont Circle PSA 208

PSA 208 covers the Dupont Circle neighborhood down to Washington Circle. (MPD Web site)

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier will address the DCCA tonight in Dupont Circle, which happens to be Police Service Area (PSA) 208. What do the crime stats for PSA 208, year-to-date (Jan. 1 to Dec. 3) show?

I ran them with comparisons to the period in 2007 and 2008. The detailed stats are in the following table. A quick look at PSA 208 crime stats shows:

  • Total crime is up almost 4% from 2008 and is up 10% from 2007. The increases are being driven by more property crimes in the Dupont Circle area. A line by line analysis shows a mixed bag; some good things and some bad things.

  • Property crimes have increased almost 6% over last year, and 13% over 2007 in PSA 208.
    • The number of thefts in PSA 208 has jumped 14% this year to 963 for the Jan. 1-Dec. 3 reporting period. This compares to 843 in 2008 and 893 in 2007.
    • Thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) increased from 709 in 2008 to 722 in 2009; this compares to 506 in the same period of 2007. This is a 40% increase in two years.
  • Violent crime is down 9% in 2009 compared to the same period in 2008, and is down 11% compared to the Jan. 1-Dec. 3 period of 2007.
    • Robberies (with and without a gun) are down from 177 in 2008 to 167; this compares to 175 for the Jan. 1-Dec. 3 period of 2007. This is a 6% decrease from 2009 to 2008. But, the number of robberies with a gun is up this year over 2008–to 38 from 33.
    • Total gun crimes, which are robberies and assaults committed with a gun, are up slightly to 40 this year compared to 38 during the same period in 2008. However, this number is substantially lower than the 53 gun crimes for the Jan. 1-Dec. 3 period of 2007 in PSA 208.

Year-to-Date PSA 208 Crime Statistics

Crime Type


Jan 1
to Dec 3
2007

Jan 1
to Dec 3 2008


Jan 1 to

Dec 3
2009

Homicide 0 2 0
Sex Abuse 10 6 5
Robbery Excluding Gun 124 144 129
Robbery With Gun 51 33 38
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun 75 67 58
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun 2 4 2
Total Violent Crime 262 256 232
Burglary 163 152 157
Theft 893 843 963
Theft From Auto 506 709 722
Stolen Auto 159 135 107
Arson 2 2 0
Total Property Crime 1,723 1,841 1,949
Total Crime

1,985

2,097

2,181

Source: MPD Crime Database

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