On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, property crime was up noticeably last month in the 14th Street area.¹ Property crime in much of the Dupont-Logan-U Street area had been dropping all year on a YOY basis, but this changed with October when property crime went up YOY. The increases are being driven by more thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), burglaries and thefts. (Also, see U Street: Smash and Grabs, Assaults Up Last Month.)
At the same time, violent crime in the 14th Street area is flat on a YOY basis for the past two years: there were four violent crimes last month compared to three in each of the previous two Novembers. Only one of the four violent crimes in November was a gun crime, an assault.
Reversal from First 9 Months
Last month there were 35 property crimes in the area, compared to 20 in November 2009 and 22 in November 2008. The same trend was evident in October’s numbers: 36 property crimes in October 2010 compared to 13 in October 2009 and 29 in October 2008.
The uptick in property crime — especially in thefts from autos — in October and November is a reversal from first nine months of 2010. At the end of September, the total of smash and grabs in the 14th Street area was 52 for the year, compared to 111 for the first nine months of 2009 and 76 for the same period in 2008. Violent crime was also down noticeably in the area on a YOY basis for the first nine months of 2010.
There were five burglaries in the 14th Street area in November compared to zero in the same month of 2009 and one in November 2008. There was a similar YOY increase in October when there were four burglaries — compared to zero in October 2009.
The 14th Street Corridor crime reporting area (see accompanying maps) 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. All numbers are from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Crime Database.
Total crime stats for November 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below.
14th Street Area¹ Crime Stats for November 2008, 2009, 2010
|Crime Type||November 2008||November 2009||November 2010|
|Robbery Excluding Gun||0||1||3|
|Robbery With Gun||2||2||0|
|Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun||0||0||0|
|Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW) With Gun||1||0||1|
|Total Violent Crime||3||3
|Theft From Auto||10||9||23|
|Total Property Crime||22
Source: MPD Crime Database
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.