The following are crimes of note from the past week — robberies, assaults, sex crimes, drug crimes, stolen autos and burglaries in the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and U Street neighborhoods. Crimes are from police reports for Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 (Dupont-Kalorama), 305 (includes U Street area) and 307 (Logan Circle).
On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the 17th Street area was down 35% in April from last year. There were 23 total crimes in April 2009 compared to only 15 last month. There were also 23 crimes in the 17th Street area in April 2008.
Detailed numbers below the fold are from the MPD Crime Database.
Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY in the 17th Street area was due primarily to the 37% decrease in property crimes. These account for the huge bulk of all crime–80% (12 crimes)of all reported crimes last month were property crimes, as opposed to violent crimes, which were 20% (3 crimes) of the total.
The decrease in property crimes was due primarily to the decreasing number of burglaries. The number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), which declined to 6 last month compared to 7 in April 2009. But, the total number of property crimes in the 14th Street area is still higher than two years ago when there were 16 property crimes.
Violent crime stable. There were 3 violent crimes last month in the 17th Street area–all robberies and 1 was committed with a gun. This compares to 4 violent crimes in April 2009 and 6 in April 2008 for the area.
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 April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.
Why? I wanted to see if the increases in crime for the area took place mostly in the first four months of the year–and to see whether the stats were looking better for May. More specifically, I wanted to see if the trend that is evident in the stats for the first five months of the year were true for the most recent month.
Here is what I found. (more…)
Reminder… the monthly community meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 208 is this Tueday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at 1620 V Street NW (Third District station). PSA 208 meets the third Tuesday of each month.
The big news in 208 is that we once again have a new leader. Lt. Erich Miller has left MPD for a job with the federal government. Sgt. John McDonald has been named acting head of 208.
Year-to-date (January through April) crime stats for PSA 208 are posted here. Overall, total crime for the first four months of the year in PSA 208 edged up 5% in 2009 after rising about 2% in 2008. Stats for YTD January through May will be posted Tuesday.
The most recent Borderstan crime stats (January through May) are posted.
From Police Service Area (PSA) 208: “Robbery/Force and Violence which occurred on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 5:00 a.m. in the 2100 block of N St. N.W. was reported to the MPD. The victim reported that while walking on the sidewalk he was approached by a 3 suspects who engage the victim in a verbal altercation. All 3 suspects then punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground. They then kicked him about the face and stole his book bag from his shoulder. They were last seen traveling in an auto southbound on 21st St. N.W. Stolen were personal items and $20 U.S. Currency. The first suspect is described as a White Male, 22-26 YOA, 5’0″, 160 lbs. The second and third suspect lookout matched that of the first suspect. The vehicle they were last seen in is described as a black, two-door Honda, nothing further.”
Year to date (YTD), total crime in the Borderstan area of Dupont–Logan is up 21% in 2009 over 2008, fueled by a 24% rise in property crimes. The increase means that crime levels for the first five months of the year are are back at 2007 levels, after dropping noticeably in 2008. While the the violent crime rate for the January through May period of 2009 is unchanged over the same period in 2008, there has been a sharp increase in robberies and gun crimes.
- For the January-May period, there were 116 crimes (violent and property crimes) in 2009, compared to 96 crimes in 2008 and 118 crimes in 2007.
- However, the May numbers by themselves tell a slightly different story.
May Numbers More Encouraging
When one looks at only the May crime data for Borderstan, a slightly different picture emerges. For May only, there was actually a slight drop in the number of crimes in Borderstan in 2009 compared to 2008. In other words, the increase in crime in Borderstan in 2009 occurred during the first four months of 2009 (January 1 through April 30). It will be interesting to see if this trend continues during the summer months. The May crime stats show:
There was another attempt at a burglary-via-rooftop… on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. on the 1600-block of Swann Street NW. Yes, broad daylight. Details below, followed by safety tips from MPD.
From MPD 2D: “This afternoon [Saturday, March 28], there was an attempt First Degree Burglary in the 1600-block of Swann Street NW, at approximately 3:45 pm. A suspect was observed on the roof of an apartment building armed with a crow bar and attempting to access the sky light. The residents observed his activityand called the police. The lookout is for a black male, 40s to 50s,bearded and wearing light clothes.”
- Please call the police whenever you observe suspicious activity in your community.
- Also, establish a phone tree with your neighbors, who may call the police when they observe suspicious activity in close proximity
to your home.