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Recent Increase in Burglaries Locally and Citywide

by Borderstan.com — December 22, 2010 at 5:30 am 0

MPD Crime Database PSA 208 Dupont Circle

PSA 208: 48 burglaries in the Dupont area in the past 60 days compared to 34 in the same period of 2009. (MPD Crime Database)

Both violent and property crimes continue to decline in DC, including in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. This decline has included burglaries — until the last few months.

The previous 60-day period — October 20 to December 19 — has seen a substantial rise in the number of burglaries when compared to the same period last year. We looked at the three Police Service Areas (PSAs) for the area and found that on a year-over-year (YOY) basis, the number of burglaries is up:

  • There have been a total of 86 burglaries in the past 60 days in PSAs 208, 305 and 307; this compares to 48 in the same period of 2009 — a 79% increase.
  • For the year to date (January 1 through December 19), there have been 309 burglaries in these three PSAs. This compares to 285 burglaries in the same period of 2009, a YOY increase of just 8%.

PSA 305 U Street NW MPD Crime Database

PSA 305: 20 burglaries in this PSA in the past 60 days compared to nine in the same period of 2009. 305 includes U Street. (MPD Crime Database)

Burglaries Up Citywide

During the past 60 days there have been 885 burglaries in DC, a 37% increase from 646 during the same period last year. Year-to-date there have been 3,996 burglaries across the city, a 12% increase from the same period in 2009.

Burglaries By PSA

When looking at the total number of crimes by PSA, it is important to remember that PSAs do not have equal numbers of residents nor are they equal in geographic size. All crime numbers are from the MPD Crime Database.

PSA 208, which serves the Dupont-Kalorama area: There were 48 burglaries in the last 60 days compared to 34 in the same period of 2009. For the year-to-date period (January 1 through December 19), there have been 161 burglaries in PSA 208, compared to 165 in the same period of 2009.

PSA 305, which includes U Street area: There were 20 burglaries in the previous 60 days compared to nine in the same period of 2009. For the year-to-date period (January 1 through December 19), there have been 80 burglaries in PSA 305, compared to 54 in the same period of 2009, a 48% increase YOY.

PSA 307 MPD Crime Database Logan Circle

PSA 307: 18 burglaries in the Logan area in the past 60 days compared to five in the same period of 2009. (MPD Crime Database)

PSA 307, which covers the Logan Circle area: There were 18 burglaries in the previous 60 days compared to five in the same period of 2009. For the year-to-date period (January 1 through December 19), there have been 68 burglaries in PSA 307, compared to 66 in the same period of 2009.

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