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U Street Area: Violent Crime Dips in Past Year; Property Crime Up

by Borderstan.com — April 8, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

Featured image: All violent crimes in the U Street area, April 5, 2012, through April 5, 2013.

For the 12-month period ending April 5, total crime was up 7 percent in the U Street area (see map), driven by an 11 percent increase in property crime. Violent crime was down 10% percent, but crimes committed with guns increased by 21%. Most of the area is in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, with the very southern part in PSA 307 and the very western part in PSA 301.

"U Street"

Robberies committed with a gun, April 5, 2012, through April 5, 2013. (MPD Crime Mapping)

Year-Over-Year Comparison

  • Dates: The numbers are a comparison of the April 5, 2012, to April 5, 2013, period to the same dates in 2011-2012.
  • Geographic Area: The area used for the crime statistics centers at 12th and U Streets NW and extends 1,500 feet in a circular radius — from Florida Avenue NW south to R Street NW, from 8th Street NW west to almost 15th Street NW.
  • Data: All data is from the  Metropolitan Police Department’s crime mapping application.

Highlights: Crime Stats for U Street Area

Violent Crime: Violent crime was down 10% on a year-over-year basis, from 191 crimes in the 2011-2012 period to 172 in the 2012-2013 period (April 5 to April 5).

However, the number of crimes involving a gun increased from 28 to 34, including the February 23 homicide on 9th Street NW.

  • Homicides: There was one homicide in the 2012-2013 period.
  • Robberies: The total number of robberies declined from 146 in the 2011-2012 period to 137 in the 2012-2013 period. However, the number of robberies with guns increased from 23 to 28.
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (ADW): The total number of ADW decreased from 44 in 2011-2012 to 30 in the 2012-2013 period. The number of ADW with a gun was five for both time periods.
"U Street"

Robberies committed without a gun, April 5, 2012, through April 5, 2013. (MPD Crime Mapping)

Property Crime: Property crime in the U Street NW area increased 11 percent from 743 crimes in the 2011-2012 period to 825 crimes in the 2012-2013 period.

  • Theft from Auto: The most common crime is theft from auto (“smash and grab”). The number of thefts from autos increased from 382 in 2011-2012 to 407 in 2012-2013.
  • Stolen Auto: The number of stolen autos increased from 33 in 2011-2012 to 50 in 2012-2013 in the U Street area.
  • Burglaries: The number of burglaries increased from 51 in 2011-2012 to 61 in 2012-2013.
  • Thefts: The number of thefts increased from 277 in 2011-2012 to 304 in 2012-2013.

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