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Area Property Crimes: Down from Last Year’s Surge

by Borderstan.com April 26, 2010 at 11:00 am 0

Borderstan U Street MPD

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–14th Street, 17th Street and U Street–there 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–which is either unchanged in the past two years or has gone up–property 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.

Property Crimes in Each Area

Following are statistics for property crimes for each reporting area.

Property Crimes: Vicinity of 14th and Q Streets NW

  • 04/19/2007 to 04/19/2008: 247 property crimes (includes 40 burglaries, 84 thefts from autos, 32 stolen autos)
  • 04/19/2008 to 04/19/2009: 295 violent property (includes 33 burglaries, 124 thefts from autos, 39 stolen autos)
  • 04/19/2009 to 04/19/2010: 251 property crimes (includes 24 burglaries, 105 thefts from autos, 27 stolen autos)
  • Notable trends for 14th and Q NW: Property crimes are back at the 2008 level. Burglaries are down noticeably stolen autos hve declined from last year and thefts from autos remain noticeably higher than two years ago.
Borderstan stolen autos MPD

Click to enlarge: There were 27 stolen autos in the 14th and Q Street area in the year ended April 19. Seven were on R Street and six were on Rhode Island Avenue. (MPD crime database)

14th Street Area: The 14th Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map at right) 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.

Property Crimes: Vicinity of 17th and Q Streets NW

    • 04/19/2007 to 04/19/2008: 209 property crimes (includes 24 burglaries, 86 thefts from autos, 21 stolen autos)
    • 04/19/2008 to 04/19/2009: 266 property crimes (includes 37 burglaries, 120 thefts from autos, 26 stolen autos)
    • 04/19/2009 to 04/19/2010: 211 property crimes (includes 21 burglaries, 92 thefts from autos, 16 stolen autos)
    • Notable trends for 17th and Q NW: Property crimes are back at the 2008 level–a 21% decline in the past year. Burglaries declined substantially in the past year and are back at 2008 levels. Stolen autos are down are down 38% in the past year and are lower than two years ago. Thefts from autos declined 23% in the past year and area almost back at 2008 levels.
Borderstan 17th Street NW MPD stolen autos

Click to enlarge: There were 16 stolen autos in the 17th and Q Street area in the year ended April 19. (MPD crime database)

17th Street Area: The 17th Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map at right) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 17th and Q Streets NW–an area that roughly runs  from 18th Street on the west to 15th Street on the east and from S Street on the north to O Street/Massachusetts Avenue on the south. The crime reporting is in Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which is part of MPD’s Second District.

Property Crimes: Vicinity of 12th and U Streets NW

  • 04/19/2007 to 04/19/2008: 310 property crimes (includes 53 burglaries, 139 thefts from autos, 55 stolen autos)
  • 04/19/2008 to 04/19/2009: 372 property crimes (includes 22 burglaries, 226 thefts from autos, 60 stolen autos)
  • 04/19/2009 to 04/19/2010: 325 property crimes (includes 8 burglaries, 200 thefts from autos, 29 stolen autos)
  • Notable trends for 12th and U NW: Property crimes have almost gone back down to the level of two years ago after a surge from 2008 to 2009. The number of burglaries and stolen autos have plummeted, but thefts from autos remain 30% higher than two years ago.

U Street Area: The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map at top of page) 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.

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