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17th Street: October Crime Down from Last Year

by Borderstan.com November 11, 2010 at 10:22 am 1 Comment

PSA 208 17th Street area MPD Crime Database

There were four thefts from autos in the 17th Street area last month, compared to eight in October 2009. (MPD Crime Database)

The number of crimes in the 17th Street area in October declined when compared to October of last year: 14 crimes in October 2010 compared to 23 in October 2009 (and 20 in October 2008). On a year-over-year basis, the big drop was in property crimes, which declined from 21 in October 2009 to 13 in October 2010.

The large drop in property crimes follows a pattern we have seen all year in the Dupont-Logan-U Street areas — except for October when property crimes went up noticeably in the the U Street area and the 14th Street area when compared to the previous year.

The 17th Street Corridor crime reporting area (see accompanying maps) 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. All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database.

PSA 208 17th Street area MPD Crime Database

There were two burglaries last month in the 17th Street area. (MPD Crime Database)

Violent crime. There was only one violent crime in the 17th Street area last month: an assault (no gun). This compares to two violent crimes in October 2009 and one in October 2008.

Property crimes down from 2009. The downward trend in property crimes seen throughout 2010 continued last month in the 17th Street area. There were 13 property crimes compared to 21 in October 2009 and 19 in October 2008.

On a YOY basis, the number of thefts and thefts and thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) were both down dramatically last month when compared to October 2009. There were two burglaries in the area last month, compared to one in October 2009 and one in October 2008. As for stolen autos in the 17th Street area, two cars were stolen last month, the same number as October 2009.

There were four burglaries last month, up from zero the previous October. After a year-long decline, the number of thefts from autos climbed to 16, which compares to 6 in October 2009. Thefts more than doubled as well YOY, from 6 in October 2009 to 14 last month.

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

17th Street Area¹ Crime Stats for October 2008, 2009, 2010

Crime Type October 2008 October 2009 October 2010
Homicide 0 0 0
Sex Abuse 0 0 0
Robbery Excluding Gun 1 1 0
Robbery With Gun 0 0 0
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun 0 1 1
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun 0 0 0
Total Violent Crime 1 2 1
Burglary 2 1 2
Theft 8 10 5
Theft From Auto 6 8 4
Stolen Auto 3 2 2
Arson 0 0 0
Total Property Crime 19
21
13
Total Crime 20 23 14

Source: MPD Crime Database

¹ The 17th Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) 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.

Comments (1)

  1. I was just remarking to someone that there are certain places in the neighborhood where your car will most definitely get broken into. We doggie walkers notice these things more!

    The last parking spaces on R Street between 17th and New Hamp always get their windows busted out. Riggs between 16th and 17th is a goldmine too for the thieves.

    Someone told me a great piece of advice though when I moved here 6 years ago: Leave NOTHING in your car in view. It has served me well over the years.

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