Metro Crime Down from 2010; Still Higher than Previous Years

by March 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm 1,696 2 Comments

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

The Metro Transit Police Department released 2011 crime figures last week, which showed that total serious crime was down about 16% over 2010 numbers (see coverage from The Washington Examiner). While the 1,898 total serious incidents are fewer than last year and 2009, serious crime was still higher than in both 2007 and 2008.

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Serious crime on the Metro was down 16% in 2011 from the previous year. (Photo from dracisk in Borderstan Flickr pool)

Just as in 2010, none of the four Metro stations in the Borderstan coverage area were among the 10 stations with the highest number of incidents either overall or in DC. The U Street/African American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo station had 31 Part I incidents, followed by Shaw-Howard University with 23 incidents.

Dupont Circle recorded 15 incidents, and Mount Vernon Square 7th Street-Convention Center had 10. The Deanwood Station had the most incidents in the Metro system in 2011 with 67.

Part I incidents include the most serious violent (rape, robbery, aggravated assault) and property (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft) crimes. While Metro did not provide the breakdown of offense type by station, the most common Part I crimes in the system are robberies and larcenies. Since the four Borderstan stations do not have parking, motor vehicle crimes are, of course, unlikely.

Metro Station Crime Numbers

Total Part I Crimes Rank Overall Rank in DC
U Street/Cardozo 31 21 11
Shaw-Howard University 23 30 14
Dupont Circle 15 41 23
Mount Vernon Square 10 50 25


In terms of enforcement activity, there were few arrests for Part I crimes made at any of the Metro stations in Borderstan. The U Street/Cardozo station had four Part I arrests, Shaw-Howard University and Dupont Circle both had 3 and there were zero Part I arrests at the Mount Vernon Square station.

You can read the full report on 2011 crime from the Metro Safety and Security Committee online.

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