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Area Violent Crime: Stable or Up; More Gun Crimes

by Borderstan.com April 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm 0

Click to enlarge: There were 53 violent crimes in the 14th and Q NW area between April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010 — compared to 42 in the previous one-year period. Maps for two additional areas are below the fold. (MPD Crime Database)

We usually run “Crimes of Notes” on Wednesdays, a roundup of notable crimes from the previous week: robberies, assaults, burglaries, stolen autos, sex crimes and [rarely] homicides. This week we are doing something a bit different. Following is a snapshot of violent crime trends over the past two years in the three crime reporting areas we report on here at Borderstan.

The 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.

Overall, violent crime in the three reporting areas has is either unchanged in the past two years or has gone up. The exception is the 17th Street area where violent crime is down over the past two years. But for all three areas, gun crimes are up over the past three years–from 34 gun crimes last year to 53 gun crimes this year, 56% increase.

Crimes for All Three Areas

For the three reporting areas (14th Street, 17th Street and U Street), there were the following number of violent crimes and gun crimes by year (gun crimes are robberies and assaults committed with a gun):

  • April 19, 2007 to April 19, 2008: 147 violent crimes (40 gun crimes)
  • April 19, 2008 to April 19, 2009: 150 violent crimes (34 gun crimes)
  • April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010: 154 violent crimes (53 gun crimes)

Violent Crimes and Gun Crimes in Each Area

Following are statistics for violent crimes, and gun crimes, by area.

Violent Crimes: Vicinity of 14th and Q Streets NW¹

  • 04/19/2007 to 04/19/2008: 42 violent crimes (8 crimes committed with gun)
  • 04/19/2008 to 04/19/2009: 42 violent crimes (15 crimes committed with gun)
  • 04/19/2009 to 04/19/2010: 53 violent crimes (17 crimes committed with gun)

¹ 14th Street Area: The 14th Street Corridor crime reporting area covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 14th and Q Streets NW–an area that roughly runs  from 15th Street on the west to Vermont Avenue/Logan Circle on the east and from S Street on the north to Rhode Island Avenue on the south. The crime reporting is in Police Service Area (PSA) 307, part of MPD’s Third District.

Violent Crimes: Vicinity of 17th and Q Streets NW²

  • 04/19/2007 to 04/19/2008: 37 violent crimes (9 crimes committed with gun)
  • 04/19/2008 to 04/19/2009: 45 violent crimes (7 crimes committed with gun)
  • 04/19/2009 to 04/19/2010: 36 violent crimes (8 crimes committed with gun)

Violent Crimes: Vicinity of 12th and U Streets NW³

  • 04/19/2007 to 04/19/2008: 68 violent crimes (23 crimes committed with gun)
  • 04/19/2008 to 04/19/2009: 63 violent crimes (12 crimes committed with gun)
  • 04/19/2009 to 04/19/2010: 65 violent crimes (28 crimes committed with gun)

³ U Street Area: The U Street Corridor crime reporting area covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW–an area that roughly runs  from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south. This area is in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, which is part of MPD’s Third District.

Borderstan 17th Street NW

Click to enlarge: There were 36 violent crimes in the 17th and Q NW area between April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010 — down from 45 in the previous one-year period. (MPD Crime Database)

12th Street NW Borderstan

Click to enlarge: There were 65 violent crimes in the 12th and U NW area between April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010, up from 63 in the previous one-year period. However, gun crimes are up dramatically. (MPD Crime Database)

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