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14th Street Area: Crime Down Across the Board

by Borderstan.com — July 11, 2010 at 9:43 am 0

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There were 16 violent crimes in the 14th Street area in the first six months of 2010 (above), down from 26 in the same period of 2009. (MPD Crime Database)

Violent crime declined noticeably in the past year and property crime has dropped back to where it was two years ago in the 14th Street area. Total crime–both violent and property–is down 39% from last year and 13x% from two years ago.

The numbers are for the six-month period of January 1 through June 30. Comparisons are on a year-over-year (YOY) basis, i.e., the six-month periods for 2008, 2009 and 2010 are compared. All statistics are from the MPD crime database.

Overview

  • Violent crime down 38%.The number of violent crimes for the January-June 2010 period was 16, which compares to 26 in both 2008 and 2009–the numbers for the first six months of 2010 represent a 38% decline YOY.
    • Robberies down 43%. Robberies and assaults account for the vast majority of violent crimes. The number of robberies in the 14th Street area for the first six months of 2010 was 13–a dramatic 43% decrease from 23 robberies in the same period of 2009 and the 20 robberies in the 2008 period.
    • Assaults. There were 3 assaults in the Janurary-June period of 2010, the same as in 2009; there were 6 in the first six months of 2008, however.
    • Gun crimes down from last year. There were 4 gun crimes (robberies and assaults committed with a gun) in the first six months of 2010 in the 14th Street–a noticeable drop from the 9 gun crimes in the same period of 2009; there were 2 gun crimes for the same period of 2008.
  • Property crime down 39% from 2009. There were 100 property crimes in the first six month of 2010 in the 14th Street area, a 39% decrease from the 164 property cirmes in the first six months of 2009. The 2010 numbers are similar to the 2008 period when there were 108 such crimes.
  • Burglaries and thefts decline. The number of burglaries and thefts spiked in 2009 from 2008, and then declined during the first six months of 2010 YOY.
  • Auto crimes down dramatically. In a trend seen throughout the Dupont-Logan-U Street area this year, the number of auto crimes declined dramatically on a YOY basis for the January-June period. There were 33 thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) in the 14th Street area for the first six months of 2010–a 57% drop from 2009 and 29% lower than the same period of 2008. The number of stolen autos declined as well.

Detailed crime stats for the 14th Street area for the January 1 through June 30 period in 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

14th Street Corridor¹ Crime Stats for January 1 – June 30

Crime Type

2008

2009

2010

Homicide 0 0 0
Sex Abuse 0 0 0
Robbery Excluding Gun 19 15 10
Robbery With Gun 1 8 3
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun 5 2 2
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun 1 1 1

Total Violent Crime

26

26

16

Burglary 14 20 16
Theft 36 52 39
Theft From Auto 45 76 33
Stolen Auto 13 16 12
Arson 0 0 0

Total Property Crime

108

164

100

Total Crime

134

190

116

¹ The 14th Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) 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.

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