I am happy to report that the murder that happened in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW earlier this month has been closed with the arrest of a juvenile male. I thank all partners within the community that helped with the closure of this case. In addition I want to thank members of the United States Police for the recovery of key evidence in this crime. I can assure you that we will continue our presence in Columbia Heights Village Apartments. – Edward Delgado
For Police Service Area (PSA) 208, violent crime decreased 4% in 2008. However, property crime jumped 9%, which means that total crime increased 7% in 2008 in PSA 208. The big increase was thefts from autos, which shot up 28% in 2008.
Generally, PSA 208 takes in the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods. West Borderstan is part of PSA 208 (from 15th to 16th and P to S Streets NW) while East Borderstan (14th to 15th Streets) is part of PSA 307.
Highlights and a table with detailed numbers follow.
Borderstanians: This message from MPD Chief of Police Cathy Lanier was posted on Yahoo! Groups on Sunday night, January 4. Chief Lanier provides some interesting, helpful statistics on D.C. crime–and she has some good news.
Happy New Years, everyone. Below some facts on where we ended our year with the help of our committed community members. We ended the year with huge victories on crime:
- Violent crime down 5% citywide.
- Biggest crime reduction citywide: MPD’s Fifth District.
- All gun crimes were down by double digits:
- Robberies with guns down 12%.
- Assaults with guns down 14%.
A reminder that the monthly Police Service Area (PSA) 307 Community Meeting is this Wednesday. Remember that East Borderstan (east of 15th Street NW) is part of PSA 307. PSA 307’s boundaries are from 9th Street to 15th Street NW and from L Street to S Street NW (see PDF map).
- What: PSA 307 Community Meeting.
- When: Wednesday January 7, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. PSA 307 meets every month on the first Wednesday.
- Where: Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle NW.
- Notes: Come and meet Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers and other members of your community at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 307. Neighborhood crime problems are identified and solutions discussed at PSA meetings.
For Borderstan, fourth-quarter violent crime (October through December) is down 40% in 2008 while property crimes increased 24% in 2008 from 2007 in the same period. The big fourth-quarter increases are in thefts from autos and stolen autos. Overall, the fourth-quarter crime rate for Borderstan rose 13% in 2008 from the fourth quarter of 2007. However, the overall rate is still 15% below that of 2006.
This article,”Rise in Young Killers Worries D.C.,” appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post:
Even in a year in which the homicide numbers barely budged, D.C. police and prosecutors see signs that don’t bode well for the future: an increase in younger killers, apt to open fire on crowded city streets, who could not care less about the damage they cause. Many young suspects put their heads down and even try to sleep during interrogations, according to D.C. homicide detectives. Others seem cold inside, with no sense of reality.
The reward for information in the Durval Martins murder at 11th and Q NW last Tuesday has been upped to $50,000 from $25,000. Also… the Washington Blade has a story on the Martins family appeal for help in solving the murder of Durval Martins.
East Borderstan now has an assigned foot patrol officer for the evening shift, according to George Kucik, MPD Third District Commander. His name is Officer Fred Fritts and he will focus on 14th and 15th Streets NW, paying paticular attention to the 1400-block of R Street NW. East Borderstan is east of 15th and part of Police Service Area (PSA) 307. Kucik says that Fritts will work closely with the patrols that are already on the beat in West Borderstan/PSA 208.
What are Borderstan crimes? They are crimes that occurred within 1,000 feet (circular pattern) of 15th and Corcoran Streets NW (center of Borderstan). You can view November 2008 Borderstan crime stats on this map. (more…)
One of the most outspoken neighborhood bloggers is the guy (I don’t know his name) who does “Off Seventh: My Chronicles of Shaw.” His postings are nothing if not blunt, honest and to-the-point; he often eviscerates D.C. elected officials. You may disagree with him, but you never have to guess where he stands on an issue concerning Shaw or D.C. (more…)
Got this report today from PSA 208… another armed robbery in the area:
9:25 p.m.: Armed Robbery (Gun): 1442 U Street, NW (Sunoco Gas Station)
- Details: Reporting person reports for complainant (1) Sunoco Gas Station, that a lone suspect entered the above location displaying a dark colored semi-automatic handgun after “scouting out” the establishment and employees as they changed shifts. The suspects entered the cashier’s booth and took approximately $500 taken from two cash register tills. The suspect then fled the establishment on foot, making good his escape in an unknown direction with the aforementioned property.
- Lookout: Lookout is for a B/M, early 30’s, 5’6″ tall, dark complexion, thin build, wearing a black coat, blue jeans and light brown (tan) boots armed with a black semiautomatic handgun. Officer Curry, G., badge #2491 reporting. 2125 hours, CCN: 170-786, 2D PSA 208.
WJLA-Channel 7 did a segment on last night’s 11 p.m. news about the gun crimes/robberies on Borderstan’s 15th Street and around Dupont Circle: “Armed Robberies on the Rise Near Dupont Circle.” They sent a camerman and reporter to 15th and R NW and filmed “man on the street” interviews with passersby. The video is available online. (more…)
The Judiciary Committee of the D.C. Council holds a public hearing at noon this Friday, December 5, on Mayor Adrian Fenty’s crime bill. The hearing is at the John A. Wilson Building and members of the public can sign up to provide testimony and/or submit written statements (details follow). Fenty introduced Bill 17-951, the “Omnibus Anti-Crime Amendment Act of 2008” on October 6.
The crime bill has eight different sections. However, the Friday public hearing will deal with only three portions of the bill: penalties and sentencing related to gun crimes; establishment of anti-gang provisions; and establishment of certain witness protection provisions. (more…)