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U Street: Property Crime Tumbles, Violent Crime Rises

by Borderstan.com — July 13, 2010 at 10:51 pm 0

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There were 40 violent crimes in the U Street area in the first six months of 2010, compared to 38 in the same period of 2009 and 30 in the same period of 2008. (MPD Crime Database)

Violent crime is up slightly in the first six months of 2010 in the U Street when compared to 2009. For the January though June 2010 period, there were 40 violent crimes in the area compared to 38 in same six-month period of 2009. There were only 30 violent crimes in the same period of 2008.

All 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.

While violent crime is up, property crime is down dramatically in 2010 after a huge rise in 2009. For the January through June 2010 period, there were 122 property crimes in the U Street area compared to 266 in the same period of 2009–a 54% decline. These numbers compare to 152 property crimes for the same period of 2008.

Due to dramatically fewer property crimes, the total crime rate for the U Street area is 47% lower YOY for the first six months of 2010. Compared to the first six months of 2008, total crime in the area was 11% lower in 2010.

Overview

  • Violent crime up 33% in two years.The most noticeable statistic for violent crime in the U Street area is the 33% increase in two years, from 30 such crimes in the first six months of 2008 to 40 in the same period this year.
    • Robberies down. Robberies and assaults account for the vast majority of violent crimes. The number of robberies in the U Street area declined slightly YOY in 2010–there were 28 this year compared to 35 in 2009 and 26 in 2008.
    • Assaults soar. There were 12 assaults in the January-June period of 2010, compared to 3 in the same six-month period of both 2008 and 2009.
    • Gun crimes down from last year. There were 11 gun crimes (robberies and assaults committed with a gun) in the first six months of 2010 in the U Street area, which is down from the 15 in the same period of 2009–but still higher than the 9 gun crimes in 2008.
  • Property crime down 54% from 2009. The dramatic decline in property crimes pushed down the total crime rate in the U Street area YOY. The main decreases were in auto crimes, both thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) and stolen autos. In a trend seen throughout the Dupont-Logan-U Street area this year, the number of auto crimes soared in 2009 and then declined dramatically on a YOY basis for the January-June period. There were 63 thefts from autos in the U Street area for the first six months of 2010–a 65% decrease YOY from 2009.

Total crime stats for the January-June period of 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

U Street Corridor¹ Crime Stats for January through June

Crime Type

2008

2009

2010

Homicide 1 1 0
Sex Abuse 0 0 0
Robbery Excluding Gun 17 20 19
Robbery With Gun 9 15 9
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun 3 2 10
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun 0 0 2

Total Violent Crime

30

38

40

Burglary 16 13 3
Theft 34 35 35
Theft From Auto 75 179 63
Stolen Auto 27 29 10
Arson 0 0 1

Total Property Crime

152

266

122

Total Crime

182

304

162

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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