From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Crime Mapping Application continues to be unavailable as the department transitions to a new records management system. The application, which allows the public (and crime bloggers!) to view crime data and statistics and the geographic location of serious crime incidents, has been offline since September 17.
Currently, visitors to the mapping site are unable to view any crime data and instead see the following message: “Due to a data transmission issue, the site has been temporarily disabled. We will make the content available as soon as the issue has been resolved.”
Chief Cathy Lanier addressed the issue on Thursday during WTOP’s monthly “Ask the Chief” show (beginning at about 17:43 in the audio file). She explained that the problem arose when MPD combined four different data and records systems into one.
After the data transfer took place on September 16, the Department realized that the Crime Mapping Application was producing skewed numbers. These issues have not yet been fully addressed, and Lanier noted that even the internal crime data she uses still contains at least 300 duplicate records.
MPD is working with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer to update the Crime Mapping Application, but Lanier said the system (along with updated crime incident files from the D.C. Data Catalog) would be unavailable for at least another month. Daily reports of crime incidents are still posted to the MPD Yahoo! Groups for the Second District (Dupont) and Third District (U Street and Logan).
Hopefully things will be up and running by early 2013 for the 2012 Borderstan crime year in review.
A Borderstan reader reported a possible case of exhibitionism that occurred on the evening of Valentine’s Day. The incident took place on T Street NW near the busy U Street corridor.
As the woman was walking down the street, she noticed a white male, possibly in his mid-30s, standing in front of a house near the sidewalk. He addressed her saying, “Hey, what’s up?” and when she looked back at him, she realized that his pants were down around his ankles and he was masturbating. She quickly fled the scene.
The woman told Borderstan she could not ascertain whether the man was standing in his own front yard or whether he was on someone else’s property. She told Borderstan that she did not report the incident to the police.
The number of exhibitionism cases is difficult to track because DC police data on sexual abuse only include a subset of more serious sex-related crimes. Collective Action for Safe Spaces maintains a database of instances of public sexual harassment that includes two cases of public masturbation in Borderstan in 2011.
If you are the victim of public sexual harassment, or see any other suspicious activity, call the Metropolitan Police Department at 911.
Crime was up in Borderstan in 2011, but that increase was driven largely by an almost 50% increase in thefts from cars (2011 Borderstan Crime: More Thefts from Auto Drive Crime Rate Up). A closer look at the theft from auto stats from 2010 and 2011 suggests that this jump in thefts was concentrated in only certain parts of Borderstan.
The table below shows thefts from auto divided by Police Service Area (PSA). Using the old PSA boundaries that were in effect until the end of 2011, Borderstan covers parts of PSA 305 (U Street), 307 (Logan), 208 (Dupont) and a small part of 308 (Convention Center). While thefts from auto increased across all of the PSAs, the magnitude of the increases varied a good deal. The number of thefts from auto was similar from 2010 to 2011 in PSA 305, but showed major increases in PSAs 208 (up 91.3%) and 307 (up 54.5%). (PSA 308 also shows a large percentage change, but this is based on small numbers). These data only reflect the portions of each PSA that fall in the Borderstan coverage area.
Thefts from Auto by PSA
We can see these changes reflected when we examine the “hottest” street blocks for thefts from auto. In 2010, these blocks were concentrated in PSA 305 in the U Street corridor. For example, the 1300 block of T Street NW had 12 thefts from auto, while the 1400 block of U Street NW and the 1400 block of V Street NW each had nine.
In 2011, we see some changes in the blocks with the highest number of thefts, reflecting the change in the distribution of thefts from auto across Borderstan. The 1600 block of O Street NW led the way with 15 thefts from auto, followed by the 1700 block of P Street NW and the 900 block of L Street NW with 14 each, and the 1500 block of Church Street NW with 13.
On a brighter note, while thefts from auto were up across Borderstan, the number of stolen cars dropped across all the PSAs in Borderstan from 2010 to 2011. The biggest drop came in PSA 305, which had 28 fewer stolen autos in 2011 than 2010.
Stolen Autos by PSA
What can help explain these changes? Whatever the reason, these changes seem to be following recent citywide trends in stolen vehicles and thefts from auto. Analyses by the D.C. Crime Policy Institute (DCPI) showed declines in auto theft between 2005 and 2009 and increases in thefts from auto in the same time period (see the DCPI briefs on motor vehicle theft and theft from auto).
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) points out that thefts from motor vehicles are a crime of opportunity (see Thefts from Auto), and so it could be the case that the rise is a result of car owners providing more opportunities for potential offenders by leaving small electronics (e.g. GPS devices) and other valuables in plain sight in their vehicles. DC police offer a number of tips to avoid having your car targeted, including keeping valuables out of sight and placing all items in the trunk or a locked glove compartment.
The most likely explanation for the decline in stolen vehicles is that new cars are increasingly difficult to steal because of alarms and engine immobilizers. For example, analyses by the National Insurance Crime Bureau show that all of the 10 most frequently stolen cars nationwide in 2010 were models from 2004 or earlier.
The drop in stolen cars might also help explain the increase in thefts. Potential car thieves may be able to get into the car, but unable to start it, so they may turn to stealing the car’s contents. As MPD recommends, the best advice is to not leave anything valuable in your car in plain sight.
From Matty Rhoades
For the first six months of 2011, the number of violent crimes in Police Service Area (PSA) 305 jumped 34% from the same period of last year. There were 139 violent crimes in the PSA — which includes most of the U Street corridor — compared to 104 in the first six months of 2010.
Robberies, Assaults Rise
The increase in violent crime in PSA 305 was due mostly to a big jump in the number of robberies (without guns), from 47 in the first six months of 2010 to 77 in the January to June period of this year. The number of robberies involving a gun fell slightly from 22 to 18 on a year-over-year (YOY) basis.
The number of assaults also rose noticeably — from 30 in the first six months of last year to 40 in the same period of 2011; five of the assaults in 2011 involved a gun.
Borderstan asked Lt. Alberto Jova, head of PSA 305 to comment on the numbers for the first half of 2011.
“Year to date, PSA 305 has made significant strides in combating robberies and other crimes within the PSA. We have arrested nine individuals for the offense of robbery. The results have been demonstrable for, in fact, during the last seven-day period, we realized a 100% decrease in robberies. During the last 30 days, we realized a 34% decrease in robberies. I am hopeful that this momentum will continue,” Jova said.
Thefts, Smash and Grabs Drive Property Crime Up
Property crime is also up thanks to a huge rise in the number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) as well as a rise in thefts. The number of property crimes increased 13% on a YOY basis. There were declines in burglaries and stolen autos.
All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database.
From Matty Rhoades
For the first six months of 2011, the number of crimes in the Logan Circle area was steady in most categories compared to the same period of 2010 — with the exception of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”).
The huge rise in this single category drove up the crime rate in the Logan Circle area. Smash and grabs are the most common type of crime in the Borderstan area, so a large rise in this category can easily drive up the overall rate.
Six-Month Numbers for Logan Circle
For the January through June period, there were 62 violent crimes in PSA 307, the same as in the first six months of 2010. Robberies decreased from 45 to 40 for the comparable six-month period. However, the number of assaults rose from 11 to 18. Gun crimes rose slightly from 10 in the January to June period of 2010 to 12 this year. Gun crimes are all crimes (usually robberies and assaults) committed with guns.
There were 308 property crimes in the first six months of 2011 in PSA 307, up from 222 in the same period of 2010. This was due to the huge rise in the number of smash and grabs. There were declines in the number of burglaries and stolen autos while thefts were up slightly.
Three-Year Trend: 2008 to 2011
What does the three-year trend for the January through June period in PSA 307 show?
- 2008 versus 2011: Violent crime down 14%.
- Property crime down 21% from 2008 to 2011 for first six months of the year.
- Total crime — property and violent crime combined — down 20%.
- The number of robberies (with and without a gun) are down 16% since 2008.
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon has is down 18% since 2008.
- Gun crime — robberies and assaults involving guns — have increased 71% from seven to 12 gun crimes.
|Crime in Police Service Area 307: January 1 through June 30|
|Crime Type||2008||2009||2010||2011||% Change 2010 to 2011||% Change 2008 to 2011|
|Sex Abuse||1||3||6||3||Down 50%||Up 200%|
|Robbery without Gun||43||41||36||30||Down 17%||Down 30%|
|Robbery with Gun||5||25||9||10||Up 11%||Up 100%|
|Assault with Dangerous Weapon (no gun)||20||23||10||16||Up 60%||Down 20%|
|Assault with Dangerous Weapon (with gun)||2||4||1||2||Up 11%||No change|
|Total Violent Crime||71||97||62||62||No change||Down 14%|
|Burglary||42||43||26||25||Down 4%||Down 40%|
|Theft||105||165||99||105||Up 6%||No change|
|Theft from Auto||202||240||73||159||Up 118%||Down 21%|
|Stolen Auto||43||38||24||18||Down 25%||Down 58%|
|Total Property Crime||392||486||222||308||Up 39%||Down 21%|
From Matty Rhoades
Two weeks ago, we looked at D.C.’s crime stats for the first six months of 2011, as compared to the first six months of 2010.
Big picture: the numbers for the entire city are mixed across the January through June period. While property crime has risen by 8%, violent crime has decreased by 7%. That said, because property crimes constitute a vast majority of all crimes, the total crime rate was up by 4% on a year-over-year (YOY) basis. (See what the three-year trend for D.C. crime shows — the news is good.)
Citywide vs. Dupont: January through June
How does 2011 compare to 2010 for the first six months of the year?
District of Columbia: Property crime up 8%, violent crime down 7% — resulting in a 4% total crime increase.
PSA 208/Dupont-Kalorama: Property crime up 30%, violent crime down 3% — resulting in a 25% total crime increase.
Let’s take a closer look at the Dupont, Logan and U Street areas; PSA 208 covers the Dupont and Kalorama areas.
From Matty Rhoades
Last month, violent crime rose slightly and property-related crime climbed 16% in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, as compared to April 2010. On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, the total number of crimes in April ncreased by 17% from 2010 to 2011 — from 77 to 90.
YOY increases were seen in assaults, burglaries and thefts from autos. However, the number of robberies and stolen autos declined. PSA 305 includes the U Street NW corridor.
A similar trend of rising property crime was evident in PSA 208 (Dupont) across both March and April. As in PSA 305, there were more assaults but fewer robberies.
Borderstan compares crime statistics on a year-over-year basis by month; this helps account for seasonal differences in crime. All numbers are from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Crime Database.
Specific Crimes in PSA 305
- Robberies were down. There were 10 robberies in PSA 305 in April (two with guns) compared to 14 in April 2010 (four with guns).
- Assaults were up dramatically. There were nine assaults last month (one with a gun), compared to one in April 2010.
- Gun crimes were down. Gun crimes are all crimes committed with guns. There were three last month compared to four in April 2010.
- There were no reported sex abuse crimes last month compared to one in April 2010.
- Burglaries were up in PSA 305. There were five burglaries last month compared to one in April 2010.
- Thefts were unchanged: 19 last month, same as April 2010.
- Thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) were up in PSA 305. There were 44 last month compared to 34 in April 2010.
- The number of stolen autos was down. There were three last month, compared to seven in April 2010.
Below the fold: A look at April numbers for 2008 through 2011.
The 2010 crime numbers are in for DC. In terms of increases and decreases, how do citywide numbers compare to the Dupont-Logan-U Street areas? Overall, crime was down for both — details follow. All numbers are from the DC MPD Crime Database.
In Dupont-area PSA 208, violent crime was stable compared to 2009, up just 0.7%. Thanks to the 15% decline in property crime, total crime declined 13% in 2010.
Today we look at the Dupont Circle area with numbers for Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which covers the Dupont-Kalorma area. Later this week we will look at Logan Circle (PSA 307), and next week we will have numbers for PSA 305, which includes the U Street area.
For 2010, the total number of crimes in DC — six types of violent crimes and five types of property crimes — declined by 8% from 2009. There were 31,059 total crimes — 7,000 of these were violent crimes and 24,059 were property crimes. Citywide, there were declines in almost every category except for two: assault with a dangerous weapon without a gun (up 3%) and burglaries (up 14%). Homicides declined again in DC, by 8% in 2010 — to 131 from 143 in 2009.
Dupont Circle Numbers
Closer to home, in the Dupont area’s PSA 208, total crime declined in 2010, thanks to a decline in property crime. Violent crime was stable compared to 2009, up just 0.7% in PSA 208. Due to the 15% decline in property crime, total crime declined 13% in 2010. However, there was a huge drop in the number of gun crimes reported in this PSA — 23 in 2010 compared to 43 in 2009. Gun crimes are robberies and assaults (and homicides) committed with guns.
Check Borderstan’s Local Resources Page for links to information on police and crime.
The four-year trend for PSA 208 shows that total crime in 2010 is now lower than it was in 2007 after spiking in the intervening years (figures are in the table below). Compared to 2007, total crime was 7% lower in 2010. Separating violent and property crime out of the total numbers shows that violent crime in 2010 was 12% lower than 2007 while property crime was 6% lower.
Both violent and property crimes continue to decline in DC, including in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. This decline has included burglaries — until the last few months.
The previous 60-day period — October 20 to December 19 — has seen a substantial rise in the number of burglaries when compared to the same period last year. We looked at the three Police Service Areas (PSAs) for the area and found that on a year-over-year (YOY) basis, the number of burglaries is up:
- There have been a total of 86 burglaries in the past 60 days in PSAs 208, 305 and 307; this compares to 48 in the same period of 2009 — a 79% increase.
- For the year to date (January 1 through December 19), there have been 309 burglaries in these three PSAs. This compares to 285 burglaries in the same period of 2009, a YOY increase of just 8%.
How Many Foreign Countries Have You Visited?
This week’s Borderstan Reader Poll question is How many foreign countries have you visited? Residents of Dupont-Logan-U Street are, not surprisingly, an amazingly well-traveled bunch. Check out the results so far; the poll will be up through Sunday. The poll is always on the landing page, right nav bar.
Local Media Celebs: Who Makes How Much
Over at the Washingtonian, the news celebs on the list are not from the local-local (Borderstan area) media, but the list with estimations of who makes what at major news outlets, including national ones, is pretty interesting. Have to admit that the starting salary of $70,000 for a Washington Post reporter seems surprisingly high.
Pre-Order Your Christmas Tree from Ross School
The annual Holiday Tree Sale sponsored by the Ross School PTA is coming up — the first three weekends in December. Check out the prices; you can even pre-order your tree. Ross Elementary is located on the 1700 block of R Street NW.
Report from PSA 305 Meeting
The U Street Neighborhood Association has details from the most recent meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 305. PSA 305 includes much of the U Street area. They’ve got crime stats, too (what do they show?). Remember that Borderstan also analyzes crime stats each month for an area of U Street centered around 12th and U NW. See Monday’s post, U Street Area: Burglaries, Auto Crimes Up YOY.
ANC 2B Met Wednesday Night
Tom Hay is working on a story about Wednesday night’s meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B. Yes, we’ll have details on what’s happening with Hank’s Oyster Bar. Look for it in the Politics & Government section.
Yep, we know neighborhoods are important. Here’s an interesting piece from the Sustainable Cities Collective on how neighborhoods and regions/metro areas may be more important than the city unit.
What DC Blocks Have More Crime?
From dcist: “The District of Columbia Crime Policy Institute released an intriguing brief this morning which claims that a small number of Census blocks in the District account for a large amount of the city’s crime.” Check out the map — it shows the numbers of crimes for each block in the entire city. Yes, we have some blocks in the area with higher than average numbers of crime. We’re betting a fair number of them are smash-and-grabs from cars.
Logan Circle House Tour: Sunday, Dec. 5
The annual Logan Circle House Tour is coming up, three weeks from this Sunday. It’s sponsored by the Logan Circle Community Association and the InTowner has details.
Violent crime was up last month in the U Street area on a year-over-year (YOY) basis, but a large drop in property crimes brought down the overall number of crimes. There were 37 total crimes in August 2010 compared to 32 in August 2009 and 29 in August 2008.
All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database. The U Street Corridor crime reporting area¹ (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW–an area that roughly runs from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south.
Violent crime: more robberies and assaults. Violent crime was up in the U Street area last month compared to both August 2009 and August 2008. There were nine violent crimes last month: five robberies, three assaults and one sex crime. The long gun crime was a robbery on the 900 block of T Street NW. This compares to five violent crimes in August 2008 when there were four robberies (one with a gun) and one assault. The only violent crime in August 2008 in the area was a robbery.
Declining property crime: fewer “smash and grabs.” In a trend seen all year, property crime declined in the U Street area in August on a YOY basis. There were 20 property crimes in the U Street area last month compared to 32 in August 2009 and 31 in August 2008. Last month’s number represents a 38% drop YOY from August 2009. The biggest decrease was in thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”)–there were 10 last month compared to 21 the previous August. The number of thefts declined from eight to five YOY.
Total crime stats for August 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.
Total crime in the 17th Street area dropped dramatically in August on a year-over-year basis–after rising dramatically in August 2009. There were just 17 crimes (violent and property) in the 17th Street area last month, which compares to 39 in August 2009 and 26 in August 2008. YOY, crime was down 56% in August 2010 compared to August 2009. Detailed numbers below the fold are from the MPD Crime Database.
Violent Crime Down
After rising YOY in August 2009, violent crime dropped in August 2010 when compared to the previous year. There were three violent crimes in the 17th Street area in August compared to six in August 2009 and four in August 2008. All three violent crimes last month were robberies without guns.
Declining Property Crime
After surging in August 2009, property crime plummeted in the 17th Street area YOY in August 2010. There were 14 property crimes in the 17th Street area last month compared to 33 in August 2009 and 22 in August 2008. The were noticeable drops in burglaries, thefts and thefts from autos.
The 17th Street corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 17th and Q NW–an area that roughly runs from 18th Street on the west to 15th Street on the east and from S Street on the north to O Street/Massachusetts Avenue on the south. The crime reporting is in Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which is part of MPD’s Second District.
Detailed crime stats for the 17th Street Corridor in August 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.
Violent crime is up slightly in the first six months of 2010 in the U Street when compared to 2009. For the January though June 2010 period, there were 40 violent crimes in the area compared to 38 in same six-month period of 2009. There were only 30 violent crimes in the same period of 2008.
All numbers are for the six-month period of January 1 through June 30. Comparisons are on a year-over-year (YOY) basis, i.e., the six-month periods for 2008, 2009 and 2010 are compared. All statistics are from the MPD crime database.
While violent crime is up, property crime is down dramatically in 2010 after a huge rise in 2009. For the January through June 2010 period, there were 122 property crimes in the U Street area compared to 266 in the same period of 2009–a 54% decline. These numbers compare to 152 property crimes for the same period of 2008.
Due to dramatically fewer property crimes, the total crime rate for the U Street area is 47% lower YOY for the first six months of 2010. Compared to the first six months of 2008, total crime in the area was 11% lower in 2010.
- Violent crime up 33% in two years.The most noticeable statistic for violent crime in the U Street area is the 33% increase in two years, from 30 such crimes in the first six months of 2008 to 40 in the same period this year.
- Robberies down. Robberies and assaults account for the vast majority of violent crimes. The number of robberies in the U Street area declined slightly YOY in 2010–there were 28 this year compared to 35 in 2009 and 26 in 2008.
- Assaults soar. There were 12 assaults in the January-June period of 2010, compared to 3 in the same six-month period of both 2008 and 2009.
- Gun crimes down from last year. There were 11 gun crimes (robberies and assaults committed with a gun) in the first six months of 2010 in the U Street area, which is down from the 15 in the same period of 2009–but still higher than the 9 gun crimes in 2008.
- Property crime down 54% from 2009. The dramatic decline in property crimes pushed down the total crime rate in the U Street area YOY. The main decreases were in auto crimes, both thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) and stolen autos. In a trend seen throughout the Dupont-Logan-U Street area this year, the number of auto crimes soared in 2009 and then declined dramatically on a YOY basis for the January-June period. There were 63 thefts from autos in the U Street area for the first six months of 2010–a 65% decrease YOY from 2009.
Total crime stats for the January-June period of 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.
UPDATE from editor: There are some important changes in the updated statistics in the MPD crime database for August 2009. For example, there were 34 thefts from autos for August 2009 in the Borderstan crime reporting area (not 24). Along with some other upates, this drives up the total number of crimes to 78 for the month. The text and charts have been updated to reflect this change.
Total crime (both violent and property crimes) for the month of August 2009 in the Borderstan crime area¹ is 37% higher than in August 2008 and 15% higher than August 2007. Total crimes in August by year:
- 78 in August 2009
- 57 in August 2008
- 68 in August 2007.
Historical numbers are provided to give you a sense of the direction of the crime rate in the neighborhood. (You can run crime statistics from the DC MPD online crime database for up to two years.) For a look at how August 2009 crime compares to June and July 2009, read “Borderstan Crime Up 15% in August; 26% in 2 Months.”