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2011 Borderstan Crime: More Thefts from Autos Drive Crime Rate Up

by Borderstan.com — January 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

"Borderstan" "U Street NW"

1000 Block of U Street NW: It was No. 4 on the list of blocks in the area for crime in 2011. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From last week: New Police Service Areas Take Effect January 1.

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at [email protected].

The total number of serious crime incidents in Borderstan increased about 14% in 2011 compared to 2010, based on a review of crime data from the DC Data Catalog. This increase was driven largely by an upsurge in property crime (which grew by 18.4%), not by violent crime (which actually decreased 3.8%).

The breakdown by Police Service Areas (PSAs) is below. In 2011, the Borderstan area was primarily part of three PSAs: 305 (U Street), 307 (Logan), and 208 (Dupont) with a small portion in 308 (Convention Center). Let me remind you that these PSA boundaries are changing for 2012: New Police Service Areas Take Effect January 1.

All four of these PSAs showed crime increases in 2011 compared to 2010, with the greatest percentage increase in PSA 208. Note that these figures only represent the part of each PSA that falls in the Borderstan coverage area.

Police Service Area (PSA)

2010 Crimes

2011 Crimes

% Change

305 (U Street)

735

814

+10.7%

307 (Logan)

716

787

+9.9%

308 (Convention Center)

126

142

+12.7%

208 (Dupont)

836

1013

+21.2%

Total:

2413

2756

+14.2%

As noted earlier, a review of offense types in 2010 and 2011 shows that violent crime levels stayed fairly steady in 2011, while some property crime categories showed increases. Assaults with a deadly weapon showed a very slight increase and robberies declined about 6.5%. While the numbers for homicides are quite small, compared to the five that occurred in 2010, 2011 saw just one homicide (although a second was committed adjacent to Borderstan’s boundaries).

The biggest jump came in thefts from auto, which increased from 748 in 2010 to a shocking 1,115 in 2011: an increase of about 49%. The combination of thefts and thefts from auto make up 71.2% of serious crime incidents in Borderstan, up from 64.8% in 2010. Stolen cars, however, declined by nearly 24% from 192 in 2010 to 146 in 2011.

Offense

2010 Frequency

2010 %

2011 Frequency

2011 %

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

111

4.6

118

4.3

Arson

1

0.0

1

0.0

Burglary

203

8.4

213

7.7

Homicide

5

0.2

1

0.0

Robbery

322

13.3

301

10.9

Sex Abuse

15

0.6

16

0.6

Stolen Auto

192

8.0

146

5.3

Theft

816

33.8

845

30.7

Theft from Auto

748

31.0

1,115

40.5

Total:

2,413

100.0

2,756

100.0

What were the “hottest” blocks for crime incidents in 2011? The full year data paint a similar picture to our earlier analysis for the first ten months of 2011 (Crime in Borderstan: Do You Live on a “Hot” Street Block?). The 1400 block of P Street NW ended up as the “hottest” block, totaling 47 incidents, one more than the 1300 block of U Street NW. The top three blocks in terms of total incidents stayed the same in 2011 as in 2010.

There were some notable changes in the top 10 crime-ridden streets in 2011 compared to 2010. The 1000 block of U Street NW, for example, saw a sharp rise in incidents from 12 in 2010 to 35 in 2011. The 1400 block of R Street NW saw a marked decline from 30 incidents in 2010 to just 12 in 2011. This same block, however, was the site of an early evening shooting in November (Thursday 5pm Shooting, 1400 Block of R Street NW).

 

2011

2010

Rank

Street Block

Crimes

Rank

Street Block

Crimes

1.

1400 B/O P Street NW

47

1.

1400 B/O P Street NW

46

2.

1300 B/O U Street NW

46

2.

1300 B/O U Street NW

43

3.

1600 B/O Connecticut Avenue NW

36

3.

1600 B/O Connecticut Avenue NW

37

4.

1000 B/O U Street NW

35

4.

1500 B/O Connecticut Avenue NW

35

5.

1500 B/O Connecticut Avenue NW

28

5.

1400 B/O R Street NW

30

6.

1700 B/O P Street NW

27

5.

1400 B/O Rhode Island Avenue NW

30

7.

1200 B/O U Street NW

26

7.

Dupont Circle

28

8.

1700 B/O T Street NW

25

8.

1200 B/O U Street NW

25

8.

1900 B/O 14th Street NW

25

9.

1700 B/O Connecticut Avenue NW

23

10.

1800 B/O 14th Street NW

24

9.

1400 B/O U Street NW

23

9.

1700 B/O Massachusetts Avenue NW

23

An important reminder on these data and analyses: incidents can be reclassified or removed later, and so the numbers presented here should not be seen as exact and can be subject to later modification and correction.

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