July Crime Stats Bring Good News for U Street NW Area
From Matty Rhoades
Both violent and property crime were down last month in the U Street NW area when compared to July 2010. The July MPD crime statistics for Police Service Area (PSA) 305 show a year-over-year (YOY) 65% decrease in violent crime and a 16% decrease for property crime. Total crime — both categories combined — is down 28% on a YOY basis for July.
There were 16 violent crimes in July in PSA 305 compared to 18 in July 2010. On the property crime side, there were 57 property crimes last month compared to 66 in July 2010. All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database. Full numbers are in the chart below.
Violent Crime. There were 13 robberies last month (one with a gun) compared to 146 the previous July (four with guns) in PSA 305. The number of assaults decreased from four in July 2010 (two with guns) to one last month.
Property Crime. Property crime decreased 14% on a YOY basis in PSA 305 due mostly to declines in thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) and stolen autos. The number of burglaries increased (from three to five), and the number of thefts was up slightly from 23 to 26.
3-Year Trend Shows 46% Decline
What does the three-year trend, 2008-1011, for the month of July show for PSA 305? Violent crime is 24% lower while property crime is down 50%. Combined, total crime — property and violent crime combined — is down 46% for the month of July for the three-year time frame.
|Crime in Police Service Area 305: July 1-31|
|Crime Type||2008||2009||2010||2011||% Change 2010 to 2011||% Change 2008 to 2011|
|Sex Abuse||1||2||0||2||N/A||Up 100%|
|Robbery without Gun||9||6||10||12||Up 20%||Up 33%|
|Robbery with Gun||2||2||4||1||Down 75%||Down 50%|
|Assault with Dangerous Weapon (no gun)||7||4||2||1||Down 50%||Down 86%|
|Assault with Dangerous Weapon (with gun)||2||0||2||0||Down 100%||Down 100%|
|Total Violent Crime||21||14||18||16||Down 11%
|Burglary||6||2||3||5||Up 67%||Down 16%|
|Theft||17||35||23||26||Up 13%||Up 53%|
|Theft from Auto||74||44||29||19||Down 34%||Down 74%|
|Stolen Auto||18||8||11||7||Down 36%||Down 61%|
|Total Property Crime||115||89||66||57||Down 14%||Down 50%|