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Crime in First Three Months of 2012 Up Only Slightly from 2011

by Borderstan.com April 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm 0

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

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Borderstan.com covers DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

Crime in Borderstan in the first quarter of 2012 was up only slightly from 2011. Overall, there were 638 serious incidents in January, February, and March, compared to 618 during the same time period in 2011. In 2010, just 414 serious crimes were reported in the first quarter of the year. The small rise in total crime in Borderstan this year is less than the citywide increase, which is about 7.4% compared to 2011.

The offenses are divided by type in the table below with comparisons between 2011 and 2012. Burglary showed the largest percentage decline in the first quarter of the year, dropping from 62 incidents in 2011 to just 18 this year. After a rash of robberies in the beginning of the year (see Robberies Up in Borderstan, Citywide; Gun Robberies Increase Most) March saw fewer robberies; and for the year, robberies are down slightly from 2011 numbers.

Other than burglary, all other property crime categories have seen increases in the first quarter of 2012. Stolen autos have seen the most dramatic increase, going from 24 incidents in the first three months of 2011 to 40 so far this year.

Offense

2011
Frequency

2012
Frequency

Percent
Change

Assault w/ Deadly Weapon

24

26

+8.3%

Arson

1

1

0%

Burglary

62

18

-71.0%

Homicide

1

1

0%

Robbery

71

64

-9.9%

Sex Abuse

2

3

+50.0%

Stolen Auto

24

40

+66.7%

Theft

171

190

+11.1%

Theft  from Auto

262

295

+12.6%

TOTAL

618

638

+3.2%

 

Blocks with the Most Incidents

What street blocks have suffered the most incidents so far in 2012? The 800 block of Mount Vernon Place NW, which is located near the Convention Center, at the boundary of Borderstan, leads the pack with 13 incidents. While none of the incidents so far has been violent, this is still a dramatic jump from 2011, when the block recorded just one single incident for the entire year!

The two street blocks tied for second place, the 1400 block of P Street NW and the 1600 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, were both among the “hottest” streets in 2011 and 2010, as was the 1300 block of U Street NW, which was the fourth busiest block (see 2011 Borderstan Crime: More Thefts from Autos Drive Crime Rate Up and Crime in Borderstan: Do You Live on a “Hot” Street Block?).

 

Rank

Block

2012
Incidents

Percentage
of All
Incidents

1.

800 B/O Mount Vernon Pl. NW

13

2.0%

2.

1400 B/O P St. NW

11

1.7%

2.

1600 B/O Connecticut Av. NW

11

1.7%

4.

1300 B/O U St. NW

9

1.4%

5.

1300 B/O Q St. NW

8

1.3%

6.

1300 B/O Corcoran St. NW

7

1.1%

6.

1500 B/O 14th St. NW

7

1.1%

6.

1900 B/O 8th St. NW

7

1.1%

6.

2000 B/O 14th St. NW

7

1.1%

6.

900 B/O Florida Ave. NW

7

1.1%

Distribution by Month

Crime was fairly evenly distributed across the first three months of the year, with the most offenses occurring in January: 239. There were 205 serious incidents recorded in February and 194 in March.

Data for these analyses were drawn from the DC Data Catalog. Incidents can be reclassified or modified by the police, so these results are subject to change. It is also important to remember that these data reflect only the first three months of the year, so there could be changes based on additional data gathered in the coming months.

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