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U Street Area: April Crime Down from 2009, Higher than 2008

by Borderstan.com — May 6, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

Borderstan U Street crime

Click to enlarge: There were four violent crimes in the U Street corridor area in April, down from 6 in April 2009. All four crimes were robberies, one with a gun (1300 block of U Street). (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the U Street area was down 38% in April from last year. There were 45 total crimes in April 2009 compared to 28 last month. However, the April 2010 is still noticeably higher than April 2008 when there were only 19 total crimes in the U Street area.

Detailed numbers are below the fold and are from the MPD Crime Database.

Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY was due primarily to the 38% in property crimes, which account for the huge bulk of all crime. The were 4 violent crimes in April of this year compared to 6 last year; there were also 4 violent crimes in April 2008.

The decrease in property crimes came primarily in the number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), stolen autos and burglaries. But, there were more thefts from autos and thefts last month than there were in April 2008.

Violent crime down. There were 4 violent crimes last month–4 robberies, one with a gun. This is down from 6 violent crimes in April 2009 and the same as the 4 violent crimes in April 2008. There were 2 gun crimes in April 2008 and 2 in April 2009. Gun crimes are robberies, assaults and homicides committed with a gun.

The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map) 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.

Total crime stats for April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.


U Street Corridor¹ Crime Stats for April

Crime Type

2008

2009

2010

Homicide 0 0 0
Sex Abuse 0 0 0
Robbery Excluding Gun 2 4 3
Robbery With Gun 2 1 1
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun 0 1 0
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun 0 0 0

Total Violent Crime

4

6

4

Burglary 2 3 0
Theft 5 9 9
Theft From Auto 5 20 13
Stolen Auto 3 7 2
Arson 0 0 0

Total Property Crime

15

39

24

Total Crime

19

45

28

Source: MPD Crime Database.

¹ The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) 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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