Crime Trends: Burglaries Down Locally, Up Citywide

by August 21, 2010 at 11:57 am 3 Comments

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Ward 2 had a 27% decrease in burglaries in the past year, bucking a citywide trend. (DC Government)

Both violet crime and property crime are down in DC in the past year. Violent crime is down 6% and property crime is down 13%, according to the MPD crime database.

This bring the total crime down 12% when compared to the previous 365-day period, August 19 to August 19.

But, there are two exceptions: assaults (without a gun) and burglaries:

  • The number of assaults is up 1.1% in the past year compared to the previous period.
  • Burglaries are up 5.4% for the one-year period ending August 19.

Burglaries by Ward

How do burglaries compare by DC’s eight wards? Each ward has approximately the same number of people, so we compared each ward to see the trend over the past two years.

The number of burglaries actually decreased in three wards in the past year: Wards 1, 2 and 4. The most notable decrease was in Ward 2, where burglaries decreased 27%, followed by a 14% decrease in Ward 1 and a 3% decrease in Ward 4.

Burglaries decreased in Wards 1, 2 and 4. The biggest increase was a surprise: a 31% jump in Ward 3.

The Dupont and Logan neighborhoods are in Ward 2 (as well as Shaw and Georgetown). Ward 1 includes the bulk of the U Street neighborhood (as well as Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights). Ward 4 includes 16th Street Heights, Shepherd Park, Crestwood, Petworth and Chevy Chase.

The biggest percentage increase for burglaries was in Ward 3, with a 31% increase. Ward 3 is the city’s richest as well as its safest neighborhood–home to Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, Tenleytown, American University and Palisades. It consistently has the city’s lowest crime rates, so this trend was a surprise. Still, Ward 3 has the lowest number of burglaries, 277, of the city’s eight wards. The largest number of burglaries in the past were the 890 in Ward 8–more than three times the number in Ward 3.

Ward 5 in Northeast includes Catholic University and Brookland. Ward 6 includes Capitol Hill and the Southwest Waterfront. East of the Anacostia River, Ward 7 and Ward 8 are the city’s economically poorest wards.

The Numbers

The list below: The first number (on the left) is the number of burglaries for the one-year period ending August 19, 2010; the second number is for the one-year period ending August 19, 2009. The percentage is the increase or decrease from the previous year.

  1. Ward 1: 302 / 350 – down 14%
  2. Ward 2: 352 /479 – down 27%
  3. Ward 3: 277 / 212 – up 31%
  4. Ward 4: 353 / 364 – down 3%
  5. Ward 5: 506 / 457 – up 11%
  6. Ward 6: 451 /429 – up 4%
  7. Ward 7: 533 / 433 – up 23%
  8. Ward 8: 890 / 746 – up 19%


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