The February community meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 208 is Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. Please note that this month the meeting is being held at a different location–the Richmond residential building at 1401 17th Street NW.
- Review most recent crime statistics and patterns
- Discuss auto theft
- Discuss recent robberies and burglaries
- Highlight additional officers coming to PSA 208
- General questions
West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is part of PSA 208.
We wanted to give you a quick update on a few things:
- Most recent crime report from Officer Mike Smith, PSA 208 (as always report is for all of Borderstan)
- News about two recent crimes, on in Borderstan and one just beyond our borders.
- Summary of new public safety measures instituted by the police in East Borderstan/PSA 307.
- Reminder: Public safety meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m.
- Borderstan’s northern border has changed.
Borderstan Crime Report
The three most recent Borderstan Crime Reports are in the attached document (most recent one first). This will allow you to look at trends going back to June 8. Here is Officer Mike Smith’s summary for the two-week period that ended Sunday (the chart will stats is in the attached document):
- Property crimes continue to plague the area, especially theft from autos.
- Violent crimes have taken a noticeable downturn over the last four weeks. Only one robbery was reported this period and it occurred in the 1400 Blk of R St.
- Please remove GPS units and brackets, IPODS and their chargers, laptops and anything else of value from vehicle even if only parking for a short time. These three items are the primary targets of thieves in the area.
- If you have any questions/comments please contact me at [email protected]. — Officer Mike Smith
Three Recent Crimes
- There were three notable crimes recently. The first was an 11 p.m. burglary in Borderstan. An intruder gained access to the fourth-floor deck of a row house, opened an unlocked window and entered the apartment of the woman living there. She was not hurt, but some items were stolen. What is notable is that the intruder gained access to the building through an adjoining building that was not properly secured. Two things you should ask yourself: First, does an intruder have access to my home through a neighboring property? Are any of the properties abandoned… undergoing construction… or improperly secured in anyway, especially in the rear. Second, are the windows and doors of upper floors in my building properly secured? Don’t leave windows and doors unlocked even if they are on upper floors — especially if you do not have iron bars.
- The second crime had more serious consequences and occurred on the 1400-block of Swan Street NW, just over the northern Borderstan boundary. Here is a description of the crime from Lt. Erich Miller of the MPD’s 3rd District: “On 7/30/08 at 2205 hours a 41-year-old complainant reported that he observed the suspect running towards him. The suspect then struck him with a black colored gun across his head. The complainant suffered lacerations to his forehead and lost consciousness. He was taken to MedStar in stable condition. Stolen was a wallet, drivers license and various credit cards. There is a lookout for a B/M, 20’s, wearing dark clothing. The case is being investigated by the Third District.”
- The third crime is reported by Sgt. David Terestre, PSA 307/3rd District: “On Saturday August 2, 2008, there was a strong-arm robbery that took place on the 1600 Block of R Street, the female victim was struck with a fist and the juvenile assailant fled to the 1400 Block of R Street with her IPhone. Later that day, I had my 307 evening units meet me on the 1400 Block of 14th Street to serve a warrant. Officer McKenna spotted an individual that matched the suspect’s description. Upon seeing the police, he fled into 1416 14th Street building to the fourth floor. Officers McKenna and Hollan caught him with the IPhone on his person. Through these officers knowledge of the area and quick actions, they closed this violent robbery case within an hour.”