From Matty Rhoades
Two weeks ago, we looked at D.C.’s crime stats for the first six months of 2011, as compared to the first six months of 2010.
Big picture: the numbers for the entire city are mixed across the January through June period. While property crime has risen by 8%, violent crime has decreased by 7%. That said, because property crimes constitute a vast majority of all crimes, the total crime rate was up by 4% on a year-over-year (YOY) basis. (See what the three-year trend for D.C. crime shows — the news is good.)
Citywide vs. Dupont: January through June
How does 2011 compare to 2010 for the first six months of the year?
District of Columbia: Property crime up 8%, violent crime down 7% — resulting in a 4% total crime increase.
PSA 208/Dupont-Kalorama: Property crime up 30%, violent crime down 3% — resulting in a 25% total crime increase.
Let’s take a closer look at the Dupont, Logan and U Street areas; PSA 208 covers the Dupont and Kalorama areas.
Overall, as compared to 2010, crime rose 25% in PSA 208. The prevalance of property crime (up 30%) overshadowed the decline in violent crime (3%). All numbers are taken from the MPD Crime Database. See the chart below for specific D.C. crime numbers for the January-June period.
U Street and Logan neighbors: Look for a post later this week when we will cover six-month stats for those areas.
A Closer Look: What Do the Statistics Mean?
Dupont Property Crime Rose 30%: There were increases in three of the five types of property crimes: burglaries rose 108%, thefts increased 5% and thefts from autos rose 74%. However, there were 29% fewer stolen autos in the first six months of 2011 compared to the previous year.
Dupont Violent Crime Down 3%: In PSA 208, the only type of violent crime that showed an increase over 2010 was assault with a dangerous weapon (no gun), up 59%. Robberies (both with and without a gun) were down 21% from the first six months of 2010. Similarly, gun crime (robberies and assaults with guns) decreased 40% for the first half of 2011 over 2010.
Total Crime Up 25%. On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in PSA 208 has risen 25% for the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period of last year.
3-Year Trend: 2008 to 2011
What does the three-year trend for the January through June period in PSA 208 show (2008-2011)?
- Violent crime declined 8%.
- Property crime increased 6%.
- Total crime — property and violent crime combined — rose 4%.
- The number of robberies (with and without a gun) has declined 21% since 2008.
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon has increased by 23% since 2008.
- Gun crime — robberies and assaults involving guns — has declined 20% since 2008 for the January-June period.
|Crime in Police Service Area 208: January 1 through June 30|
|Crime Type||2008||2009||2010||2011||% Change 2010 to 2011||% Change 2008 to 2011|
|Homicide||1||0||0||0||No change||Down 100%|
|Sex Abuse||1||1||2||2||No change||Up 100%|
|Robbery without Gun||77||64||73||60||Down 18%||Down 22%|
|Robbery with Gun||12||24||18||10||Down 44%||Down 16%|
|Assault with Dangerous Weapon (no gun)||36||32||29||46||Up 59%||Up 28%|
|Assault with Dangerous Weapon (with gun)||3||2||2||2||No change||Down 33%|
|Total Violent Crime||130||123||124||120||Down 3%||Down 8%|
|Burglary||83||79||51||106||Up 108%||Up 28%|
|Theft||453||487||440||462||Up 5%||Up 2%|
|Theft from Auto||362||371||231||403||Up 74%||Up 11%|
|Stolen Auto||60||48||56||40||Down 29%||Down 33%|
|Arson||0||0||0||0||No change||No change%|
|Total Property Crime||958||985||778||1,011||Up 30%||Up 6%|