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Dupont: Property Crime on the Rise, 30% Increase over 2010

by Borderstan.com — July 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

Dupont Circle, PSA 208, MPD crime stats, burglaries

Click to enlarge: Burglaries soared in the first six months of 2011 in PSA 208. (MPD Crime Database)

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.

Dupont Circle, PSA 208, MPD crime stats, robberies without guns

Click to enlarge: There were 60 robberies without guns in PSA 208 in the first six months of 2011, down from 73 in the same period of 2010. (MPD Crime Database)

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.

Dupontt Circle, PSA 208, MPD Crime Database

Click to enlarge: There were 10 robberies with guns in PSA 208 in the first six months of 2011, down from 18 in the same period of 2010. (MPD Crime Database)

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%
TOTAL CRIME 1,088 1,108 902 1,131

Up 25%

Up 4%

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