by Borderstan.com February 17, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,559 0

"Borderstan""U Street NW"

11th and U Streets NW. (Cody Telep)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at [email protected].

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) distributed flyers entitled “Robbery Alert” to cars parked in the U Street area Tuesday afternoon, and repeated the distribution to cars and pedestrians passing through the intersection of 12th Street, NW and W Street, NW on Thursday morning. The flyers provide a series of safety tips to help residents and visitors avoid becoming robbery victims.

Robberies in Borderstan were up in January over 2011 numbers (Borderstan Sees Jump in Armed Robberies in January). February robberies, however, are down so far compared to 2011 numbers. There were only seven robberies in Borderstan from February 1 through the afternoon of February 16, compared to 17 in the same time period in 2011. In 2010, just four robberies were reported in the first 16 days of February, a number likely affected by the two major snowstorms that struck D.C. in early February.

Despite the lower numbers compared to 2011 and January 2012, six of the seven robberies occurred just this week.

Two robberies took place the evening of February 12, one in the 1300 block of Corcoran Street, NW and another near Logan Circle in the 1500 block of Kingman Place, NW. On the evening of February 13, a victim was robbed in the 1100 block of R Street, NW. During the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day a gun robbery occurred at a bus stop in the 1900 block of 11th Street, NW.

A victim was robbed at gunpoint on February 15 at 8:30 a.m. on the 2100 block of 12th Place ,NW. Finally, a gun robbery occurred in the early morning of February 16 at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue, NW and Q Street, NW.

Fortunately, two arrests have been made in the 11th Street NW case; the pair are also suspected in two other robberies outside of Borderstan that took place early Tuesday morning (see coverage from The Washington Post).

The text of the MPD flyer is below:

  • Attacks usually come from behind. Be aware of distances between you and someone who may be coming up behind you.
  • Try to avoid walking alone, cutting through alley ways or areas that are dark or less traveled.
  • Watch alleys and dark spaces between buildings. This is where the robber gets the jump on you.
  • Innocuous questions like “Do you have the time, May I borrow you cell to call someone, Do you have a light?” may be indicators. Follow your instinct. If it doesn’t feel right, step into a store or business. Most of the time this will deter the robbers.
  • If you need to use your cell phone or text, stop somewhere public. The robber does not want witnesses.
  • Do not take money out of an ATM late at night. Get your money before you head out for the evening.

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by Borderstan.com February 7, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,793 0

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Smartphones and portable electronic devices are targets of robbers in the area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at [email protected].

We received several emails and tweets from Borderstan readers in the past two weeks, wanting to know if armed robberies were up in the area. The answer is “yes” for both robberies and armed robberies.

Borderstan recorded 21 robberies in the first month of 2012, up from 14 in the same time period in 2011. As The Washington Post reported, robberies were up citywide in January, largely driven by thefts of smartphones and other portable electronic devices.

While the 21 robberies in Borderstan are below the 27 recorded in January 2010, a greater proportion of 2012 robberies involved guns than in either of the two previous years. Offenders used a gun in 11 January robberies (about 52%) compared to six of 27 robberies in 2010 (about 22%) and three of 14 robberies in 2011 (about 21%).

Eight of the January robberies occurred in Police Service Area (PSA) 307, which covers the area around Logan Circle (see Closer Look at PSA 307’s New Boundaries, Personnel). All eight involved a weapon (offenders had a gun in six instances and a knife in two). In January 2011 there were zero robberies in this PSA.

The Metropolitan Police Department has a series of tips for residents to avoid becoming the victim of robbery. As they note, the best recommendation is “to be sensible and to be alert.”

These robbery data are drawn from the D.C. Data Catalog, and like any police data, they are subject to change over time.

by Borderstan.com January 19, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

"Borderstan" "Broken in Car"

An increase in thefts from autos drove up the overall crime rate in 2010 in the Borderstan area.  The largest increases for this type of crime were in Dupont-Logan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at [email protected].

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

PSA

2010

2011

% Change

208

230

440

+91.3%

305

280

297

+6.1%

307

220

340

+54.5%

308

18

38

+111.1%

Total

748

1,115

+49.1%

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

PSA

2010

2011

% Change

208

63

51

-19.0%

305

68

40

-41.2%

307

49

45

-8.2%

308

12

10

-16.7%

Total

192

146

-24.0%

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.

by Borderstan.com December 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street

DC Police reported a robbery involving a gun Wednesday at 8:30 pm on the 1100 block of V Street NW:

“Police Alert – Robbery Gun_2030 hours_1100 V St NW_No Lookout DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20110667951. Sent on: 12/28 20:39”

You can sign up for Police Alerts at Alert DC, and get email or text updates.

by Borderstan.com December 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm 0

Townhouse Tavern at 1637 R Street NW in D.C.

Townhouse Tavern, 1637 R Street NW: The raid on the bar in February was top crime story of the year on Borderstan.com. (Borderstan)

Following are the top crime stories each month on Borderstan in 2011. The top story each month was the one that was read by the most readers.

Top story for the year in terms of reader views? Hands down, it was February’s top story: MPD, Feds Visit Townhouse Tavern; Arrest Made, Weapon Seized.

Also, in October Borderstan welcomed Cody Telep to the team of contributors. A resident of the U Street area, Telep writes about crime and the police, and is finishing a PhD in criminology at George Mason University.

by Borderstan.com December 8, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,323 0

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Police Service Area 305 includes most of the U Street corridor east of 16th Street NW. (DC Citizen Atlas)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at [email protected].

About 40 residents attended the Police Service Area (PSA) 305 Community Meeting held Tuesday night at the Third District Station on V Street NW. A large number of residents living on 12th Place NW and surrounding streets were in attendance, in response to a spike in burglaries and other incidents in October.

PSA 305 covers much of the U Street corridor and also extends beyond Borderstan’s boundaries into Ledroit Park and areas surrounding Howard University.

Third District Commander Joseph Kishter called it the biggest turn out he had seen at a community meeting during his time in the Third District. The commander of PSA 305, Lieutenant Alberto Jova, and Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) addressed a number of resident concerns about crime and safety.

Crime Down, Back to September Levels

Lieutenant Jova reported that violent crime in PSA 305 was down 55 percent from October numbers and property crime was down 41 percent. However as Brian Card, Public Safety Co-Chair of the U Street Neighborhood Association, pointed out, while these declines are welcome news to PSA 305 residents, because of a rather dramatic crime increase in October, the declines more accurately reflect a return to previous (i.e., September) crime levels.

iPhone Thefts, Choronic Offenders

When asked what could explain the crime spike in October, Lieutenant Jova placed some of the blame on the release of the Apple iPhone 4S, which came out on October 14. As noted last week, robberies were up across Borderstan in October (Everyone Fears Robberies: Where and How They Occur in Borderstan). In October, 31 of the 44 October robberies in Borderstan occurred on or after October 14, and 18 of these 31 were in PSA 305.

Graham and Kishter also both pointed to the problem of a small number of chronic juvenile offenders committing crimes in PSA 305, particularly violent crimes. Kishter noted the frequent disappointment of police when juvenile arrests are not fully prosecuted. Graham detailed his efforts to ensure that a new law that eliminates confidentiality protections for chronic juvenile offenders is being properly implemented. This would allow the community to be better informed about the identities of juvenile repeat offenders.

Residents asked Kishter both what the department was doing to address crime and also for tips on how to avoid crime victimization. The Commander pointed to the use of the Crime Suppression Team (CST) as one tool to tackle problems that arise across the Third District, including those in the area of 12th Place. CST officers work in plain clothes and unmarked cars and have a more flexible schedule than standard PSA officers, allowing them to more easily “put out fires” as Commander Kishter noted.

He also described an “astronomical” number of arrests in PSA 305 in the past 60 days. He pointed out that the close to 200 arrests in the PSA are not necessarily the preferred way to deal with crime. He would much rather be preventing crime than responding to it through arrest.

Prevention Tips

In terms of prevention, Kishter stressed the importance of residents paying attention to what they are doing.

  • Daytime Crime Patterns. He pointed out that while daytime violent crimes are only a small proportion of all violent crimes in PSA 305, they typically occur when individuals are using their phone or iPod and not paying attention to their surroundings. He recommended residents walk in crowds and go to areas where they feel comfortable.
  • Home Security. To avoid property crime victimization, Commander Kishter encouraged residents to install home cameras and security systems. He noted that cameras not only deter potential offenders, but if a break-in does occur, footage from the home system is often very useful in solving the case.
  • Call 911. Kishter also emphasized the importance of calling 911 whenever suspicious activity is observed. There is not a non-emergency number to reach the police, so 911 is the best way to report anything suspicious. The call taker can then dispatch the call at the appropriate priority level based on the information provided. The Commander told residents to provide the 911 call taker with as much information as possible regarding the physical appearance of any suspicious persons and the direction they are traveling. He pointed out that looking at the shoes of the individual can be especially useful, since offenders may change clothes after committing a crime, but they are less likely to switch their shoes.

New PSA Boundaries Coming in January

As of January 1, 2012, new PSA boundaries are expected to go into effect, as discussed before on Borderstan (Police Districts and PSAs Changing in Borderstan Area). The new PSA 305 will be smaller and largely restricted to the U Street corridor. No announcements have been made yet on PSA Lieutenants for the Third District once realignment occurs.

by Borderstan.com December 1, 2011 at 10:45 am 1,593 5 Comments

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It happens around Borderstan: 36% of all robberies in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area involve a snatch. (Photo staged by Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at [email protected].

Urban residents are often quite concerned about becoming the victim of a robbery, and understandably so. Robberies can be traumatic and dangerous experiences, not to mention the loss of personal property that can occur. What can DC crime data tell us about robberies in Borderstan so far this year – which streets and blocks had the most robberies? How many involved a gun? And what method was used?

Dupont-Logan-U Street area: 36% of all robberies involve a snatch, e.g., a robber grabs a purse or cell phone… 14% involve a gun, and 3% involve a knife… 29% involve force and violence, but not a weapon.

In total, 196 street blocks or intersections have had at least one robbery in 2011, but just 67 of these 196 blocks/intersections had more than one robbery. From January 1 to November 15, 2011, there were 308 robberies in Borderstan. Almost one-half of these (146) occurred in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, which includes the U Street area. The rest were about evenly split between PSA 307 (88), which covers the Logan Circle area; and PSA 208 (74), which covers Dupont-Kalorama. (It’s important to remember that PSAs are not equal in population or geographic area.)

U Street Corridor Cluster

Many of the streets with the highest number of robberies are clustered in the U Street corridor:

  • The 1300 block of U Street NW had nine robberies to lead all streets. The 1300 block of U Street NW is also the “hottest” block in Borderstan in 2011 and has the highest proportion of violent crime among the highest crime streets; see Violent vs. Property Crime on Borderstan’s “Hot” Blocks.
  • The 1000 and 1200 blocks of U Street both had five robberies apiece.
  • The 900 block of U Street and the intersection of 14th and U Streets NW each had four robberies.

The table below examines the method used in these 308 robberies. About 14% of robberies involved a gun — about 16% when including carjacking incidents, 6 of which involved a gun. While any gun robbery is a harrowing experience for the victim, gun robbery is not the most common type in Borderstan.

Robberies using some type of force or violence (but not a weapon) made up about 29% of all robberies and snatch cases involving a purse or other items (e.g., cell phones) being taken made up close to 36% of robbery cases.

 Robberies in Dupont-Logan-U Street

Method

Frequency

Percent

Force and violence

88

28.6

Pocketbook snatch

59

19.2

Snatch

51

16.6

Gun

42

13.6

Assault with intent

17

5.5

Attempt

14

4.5

Fear

14

4.5

Knife

9

2.9

Carjacking

7

2.2

Pickpocket

4

1.3

Other Armed

3

1.0

TOTAL

308

100.0

 

 

 

 

When are these robberies occurring? The DC police data do not include the time of day for incidents (although a cursory review of DC Police Alerts suggests that robbery is a nighttime phenomenon), but the month and day are available.

The table below presents the number of robberies in Borderstan by month. The results partially confirm conventional knowledge about crime and the weather. When it is warmer outside, there are more people out on the street and that typically means higher rates of crime, particularly predatory crimes like robbery.

As might be expected, January has the lowest number of robberies (11) and June (41) and August (39) are among the highest months in total robberies. The lower number of robberies in July (26) and the higher number in October (44) are more surprising. October had the most robberies of any month so far this year. This cannot be explained just by the weather; October was actually slightly cooler than average (Capital Weather Gang’s October recap: Cooler, wetter, snowier than normal).

Month

Frequency

January

11

February

26

March

27

April

21

May

30

June

41

July

26

August

39

September

29

October

44

November (first 15 days)

14

TOTAL

308

Robbery a Rare Event

Overall, robbery in Borderstan is not a rare event, but fortunately, it is also not particularly common (especially gun robbery). As with prior analyses of crime in Borderstan, it is important to keep in mind that these data are all drawn from police incidents, which are always subject to later changes and reclassification.

by Borderstan.com November 17, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

"P Street NW""Borderstan"

The 1400 block of P Street NW is a busy commercial corridor. What do the crime numbers look like? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Last week Borderstan welcomed a new contributor, Cody Telep. A resident of the U Street area, he is writing about crime and the police. Telep is finishing a PhD in criminology at George Mason University.

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at [email protected]

Not all high crime locations are created equal. Last week, I examined the highest crime street blocks in Borderstan: Crime in Borderstan: Do You Live on a “Hot” Street Block? However, total crime counts don’t necessarily tell the whole story. Most people fear violent crime far more than property crime (with good reason). So, I went back and looked at the 12 blocks in terms of violent and property crimes.

In the table below, I revisit the 12 highest crime street blocks, this time dividing the total number of incidents between violent crime and property crime.

Overall, the table shows a good deal of variation from block to block in the percentage of crime that is violent versus property. For violent crime, the percentage ranges from 4 percent for the 1700 block of P Street NW (just 1 robbery out of 24 total incidents) to the 40.5 percent on the 1300 block of U Street mentioned above. Despite the wide range, on all of these blocks, property crime is more common than violent crime.

Rank Street Block (B/O = block of)

Violent Incidents

Percentage of Total

Property Incidents

Percentage of Total

1. 1300 B/O U Street NW

17

40.5%

25

59.5%

2. 1400 B/O P Street NW

3

7.9%

35

92.1%

3. 1600 B/O Connecticut Avenue NW

3

9.7%

28

90.3%

T4. 1500 B/O Connecticut Avenue NW

2

8.0%

23

92.0%

T4. 1700 B/O P Street NW

1

4.0%

24

96.0%

6. 1200 B/O U Street NW

7

29.2%

17

70.8%

7. 1700 B/O T Street NW

2

8.7%

21

91.3%

T8. 1300 B/O 14th Street NW

6

28.6%

15

71.4%

T8. 1900 B/O 14th Street NW

5

23.8%

16

76.2%

T10. 1000 B/O U Street NW

4

20.0%

16

80.0%

T10. 1800 B/O 14th Street NW

4

20.0%

16

80.0%

T10. 1900 B/O 9th Street NW

7

35.0%

13

65.0%

TOTAL

 

61

19.7%

249

80.3%

Violent crime here refers to robberies, assaults with a deadly weapon, and sexual abuse cases (there was just 1 sexual abuse incident on these 12 blocks). Property crime is a combination of stolen automobiles, thefts, and thefts from automobiles. There were no arsons or homicides on these 12 street blocks in the first 10 months of 2011.

Some interesting findings emerge from the table. The highest crime street segment, the 1300 block of U Street NW, also had the highest proportion of violent crime incidents. Just over 40 percent of the incidents on this block can be classified as violent crimes, with eight assaults with a deadly weapon and nine robberies.

This stands in contrast to the block with the second highest number of total incidents, the 1400 block of P Street NW, which had just three violent incidents. Thefts were driving crime incidents on this block; 31 of the 38 total incidents were classified as thefts.

Overall, the table shows a good deal of variation from block to block in the percentage of crime that is violent versus property. For violent crime, the percentage ranges from 4 percent for the 1700 block of P Street NW (just 1 robbery out of 24 total incidents) to the 40.5 percent on the 1300 block of U Street mentioned above. Despite the wide range, on all of these blocks, property crime is more common than violent crime.

As noted last week, these blocks overall produced about 14 percent of crime incidents in Borderstan. For certain crime categories, however, these blocks are responsible for a greater proportion of incidents. For example, 26 percent of all assaults with a deadly weapon and 25 percent of all thefts in Borderstan occurred on these blocks. Interestingly, auto-related crimes were less common. In total these 12 blocks had just six stolen cars (about five percent of the Borderstan total) and 44 thefts from automobiles (again, about five percent of the Borderstan total).

Just as with last week’s results, it is important to not overstate these findings. While the 1300 block of U Street has had the highest number of violent crime incidents, there were still only 17 such incidents in the first 10 months of 2011. Additionally, these results come from police incident data, which are always subject to later changes and reclassifications.

 

by Borderstan.com November 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,272 3 Comments

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What constitutes a crime wave? A rise in one type of crime? A temporary spike? Is it how we talk about it and feel about a particular crime pattern? (Borderstan file photo)

Borderstan welcomes Maggie Barron to its list of contributors. She will be writing about numerous topics of interest that catch her eye here in Borderstan. She’s interested in many things, particularly the way cities work — or don’t — and why.

From Maggie Barron. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @maggiebarron.

At the end of October, a friend told me that her house near U Street had been broken into. She was shocked, and even more so when police told her about several other recent break-ins nearby. “I never heard anything about those,” she said. “Why didn’t anyone tell me?”

We turned to the trusty internet, where it appeared that our entire neighborhood was in the midst of a crime wave. October crime in Police Service Area (PSA) 305 (covering the U Street area around 11th to 13th Streets NW), was at its highest level since the U Street Neighborhood Association started keeping track three years ago.

October crime was also up in Logan Circle, and there had been a rise in smash and grabs around 15th Street NW. Even DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters, “October is always one of our more challenging months.” My friend’s break-in just seemed to be part of a larger trend.

Or is it? What constitutes a “wave?” I expected to find some sort of range – like, you know you’re in an official crime wave if crime rises X% over Y amount of time. But according to Vincent Sacco’s book “When Crime Waves,” it’s quaint of me to think crime waves only have to do with the amount of actual crime. It has to do with our perceptions, too. He writes:

“…we can tell by reading a variety of cues whether or not [a crime wave] is under way. There is more talk about crime, more anxiety, more discussion in the media, more worry about what is to be done.”

Talk – check. Anxiety – check. Discussion in media – check. Worry – check! Who needs spreadsheets or statistics? I am in a crime wave.

Of course, crime did go up in October, and people who experience crime first-hand do not simply “perceive” it. But for the rest of us, it’s important to be informed consumers of crime data.

In September, crime in PSA 305 was down 10% from the same time the previous year. This year so far, burglary is down 18%. Assault with a gun is down. Assault without a gun is up. Theft from an auto is up. Theft of an auto is down. I don’t have any idea what these trends mean, and none of it makes my friend feel any better about her break-in.

I ran this post by Cody Telep, this website’s new crime reporter, who recently wrote about Borderstan’s worst blocks for crime. He pointed out that the majority of Americans believe that crime is getting worse – even though the numbers show that it’s actually getting better. And, they’ve felt this way for most of the past decade, while crime rates have dropped or stabilized. Even so, he thinks that residents do recognize real, sustained changes in crime (be they drops or increases) over the long term. It’s the short term changes that can throw us for a loop.

We may cling to our data, but at the end of the day our awareness of and proximity to crimes determines our perceptions, rather than the hard numbers. So as the news of crime ebbs and flows, be sure to stay safe and keep a healthy skepticism.

by Borderstan.com November 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm 0

PSA 305, U Street NW crime, Borderstan

There were 39 violent crimes in the September 30-October 30 period. This compares to 25 in the prior 30 days and only 15 in the same time frame of 2010. (MPD Crime Database)

The monthly community meeting for Police Service Area (PSA) 305 is tonight, November 1, at 7 pm at the Third District Headquarters, 1620 V Street NW. PSA 305, which includes most of the U Street corridor and surrounding areas, has seen huge increases in several types of crimes in the past month. According to residents in the area, the increased crime seems to be in the 11th to 13th Street NW areas.

According to the MPD Crime Database, there have been 39 violent crimes in PSA 305 in the past 30 days (September 30-October 30) compared to only 15 in the same period of 2010. The number of robberies is triple what it was a year ago, with 33 reported in the past 30 days, compared to only 11 in the same timeframe of of 2010.

Burglaries, thefts, stolen auto and assaults are all up. The other huge increase is in thefts — 44 in the past 30 days compared to 17 in the same 30-day period of 2010.

By the Numbers

  • September 30-October 30, 2010: 15 violent crimes and 79 property crimes (94 total crimes).
  • August 30-September 30, 2011, period there were 25 violent crimes and 72 property crimes in PSA 305 (97 total crimes).
  • September 30-October 30, 2011: 39 violent crimes and 128 property crimes (167 crimes).

by Borderstan.com November 1, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

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Pay extra attention when you are out-and-about on the weekends. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Pay attention to your surroundings and your behavior when you are out and about on the streets — especially on weekends.

The weekends are prime time for criminals. Lots of visitors from the suburbs and other neighborhoods visit the Borderstan area. This means extra people on the street with credit cards and cash (with “beverages” thrown into the mix), which equals opportunity for robbers.

Yes, this is a “safe neighborhood.” It’s also the downtown area of a big city. Pay attention. Also, remember to educate your visitors to the neighborhood about thefts from autos.

Following are major crimes from the past weekend in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area as reported by the DC Police.

Friday, October 28

  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 10 pm, 2000 block of 14th Street NW (tavern)
  • Burglary, October 26-28, 2200 block of 12th Place NW (residence)

Saturday, October 29

  • Robbery, 6:11 am, 1900 block of 11th Street NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, 11 pm, 1200 block of Florida Avenue NW (sidewalk)
  • Stolen Auto, 2:49 am, 1500 block of 12th Street NW (street)

Sunday, October 30

  • Burglary, 4:10 pm, 1300 block of 12th Street NW (residence)
  • Robbery, 12:30 am, 1300 block of W Street NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, 4:30 am, 1200 block of U Street NW (sidewalk)
  • Stolen Auto, 12:30 am, 12th and W Streets NW (street)
  • Stolen Auto, 10:30 am, 13th and S Streets NW (street).
  • Stolen Auto, 1700 block of T Street NW (street)

by Borderstan.com October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm 0

Pay attention to your surroundings and your behavior when you are out and about on the streets — especially on weekends. The weekends are prime time for criminals. Lots of visitors from the suburbs and other neighborhoods visit the Borderstan area. This means extra people on the street with credit cards and cash (with “beverages” thrown into the mix), which equals opportunity for robbers.

Yes, this is a “safe neighborhood.” It’s also the downtown area of a big city. Pay attention.

Following are major crimes from the past weekend in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area as reported by the DC Police.

ADW = Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Friday, October 14

  • ADW, 2:50 am, 1900 block of 19th Street NW (street)
  • ADW, 2:50 am, 14th and Corcoran Streets NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, 5 pm, 800 block of T Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Robbery, 12:30 am, 1600 block of S Street NW (sidewalk)

Saturday, October 15

  • ADW, 8:20 pm, 1300 block of U Street NW (street)
  • ADW, 11:09 pm, 2100 block of P Street NW (nightclub)
  • Robbery, 2:58 am, 2000 block of 10th Street NW (government building)
  • Robbery, 10:22 pm, Connecticut Avenue and N Street NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, 9:40 pm, 1500 block of U Street NW (sidewalk)
  • Stolen Auto, 9:20 pm, 1300 block of 11th Street NW (street)

Sunday, October 16

  • Burglary, 2 to 7 pm, 2200 block of 11th Street NW (residence)
  • Burglary, 2 to 2:30 pm, 1100 block of W Street NW (residence)
  • Robbery, 2 am, 1800 block of 7th Street NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, noon, 2000 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, 9:20 pm, 1100 block of V Street NW (restaurant)

by Borderstan.com October 6, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Recent crimes in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

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).

Robbery

  • Saturday, October 1, 1:55 am, 1400 block of Florida Avenue NW (sidewalk).
  • Saturday, October 1, 2:45 am, 1700 block of 11th Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Saturday, October 1, 12:15 am, 14th Street and Riggs Place  NW (sidewalk).
  • Monday, October 3, 4:45 pm, 1500 block of 14th Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2:40 am, 21st and O Streets NW (sidewalk).

Assault With A Deadly Weapon

  • Saturday, October 1, 2:30 am, Connecticut Avenue and Q Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Sunday, October 2, 1:30 to 2 pm, 2100 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW (other).

Sex Abuse

  • Saturday, October 1, 2:42 am, 1800 block of 17th Street NW (residence).

Stolen Auto

  • Saturday, October 1, 3:30 am, 1300 block of 9th Street NW (street).
  • Sunday, October 2, 900 block of M Street NW (street).

Burglary

  • Friday, September 30, 1 to 3:30 pm, 1700 block of Corcoran Street NW (residence).
  • Saturday, October 1, 3:17 to 4 am, 1900 block of 17th Street NW (residence).
  • Sunday, October 2, 9 pm, 1500 block of 12th Street NW (residence).

by Borderstan.com September 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm 0

DC Police, PSA 305, U Street NW, Borderstan, violent crime, August 2011

There were 25 violent crimes in August in PSA 305. Of the total, 20 were robberies, 4 were assaults and 1 was a sex crimes. (MPD Crime Database)

From Matty Rhoades

Crime in the U Street area in August was down 14% on a Year-Over-Year (YOY) basis, with 83 reported crimes compared to 97 in August 2010. Fewer property crimes, notably burglaries and thefts from autos, drove down the total. There were 58 property crimes in August 2011, a 21% drop from the 73 in August 2010. The number of violent crimes was essentially unchanged on a YOY basis — there were 25 violent crimes in August 2011 compared to 24 in August 2010.

The numbers are from Police Service Area (PSA) 305, which covers the bulk of the U Street area plus neighborhoods around Howard University. All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database. Full numbers are in the chart at the bottom of this story.

  • Violent Crime. There were 20 robberies last month (three with guns) compared to 17 the previous August (five with guns). The number of assaults declined slightly from five in August 2010 (one with a gun) to four last month (none with guns).
  • Gun Crimes. The good news is that gun crimes decreased; there were three last month compared to six in August 2010.
  • Property Crime. There were declines in burglaries, thefts from autos and stolen autos on a YOY basis in August 2011. The number of thefts increased.

3-Year Trend: 2008 to 2011

What does the three-year trend, 2008-1011, for the month of August show for PSA 305?

  • Violent crime is down slightly –there were 28 violent crimes in August 2008 compared to 25 in August 2011.
  • Property crime is down 37%. There were 120 property crimes in August 2008 compared to 83 in August 2011.


Crime in Police Service Area 305: August1-31
Crime Type 2008 2009 2010 2011 % Change 2010 to 2011 % Change 2008 to 2011
Homicide 0 0 0 0 N.A. N.A.
Sex Abuse 3 0 2 1 Down 50% Down 67%
Robbery without Gun 10 7 12 17 Up 42% Up 70%
Robbery with Gun 5 4 5 3 Down 40% Down 40%
Assault with Dangerous Weapon (no gun) 9 7 4 4 No change Down 55%
Assault with Dangerous Weapon (with gun) 1 1 1 0 Down 100% Down 100%
Total Violent Crime 28 19 24 25 Up 4%
Down 11%
Burglary 4 4 15 4 Down 73% No change
Theft 21 20 22 28 Up 27% Up 33%
Theft from Auto 54 42 29 20 Down 31% Down 63%
Stolen Auto 13 3 7 6 Down 14% Down 54%
Arson 0 0 0 0 N.A. N.A.
Total Property Crime 92 69 73 58 Down 21% Down 37%
TOTAL CRIME 120 88 97 83

Down 14%

Down 31%

All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database.

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Recent crimes in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

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).

Robbery

  • Saturday, September 17, 2:15 am, 1400 block of U Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Saturday, September 17, 4:45 pm, 14th and T Streets NW (sidewalk).
  • Saturday, September 17, 4:29 am, 1400 block of 14th Street NW (alley).
  • Sunday, September 18, 7:10 pm, 2000 block of 14th Street NW (street).
  • Tuesday, September 20, 9 pm, 1400 block of N Street NW (sidewalk).

Assault With A Deadly Weapon

  • Saturday, September 17, 3 am, 1600 block of U Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Sunday, September 18, 1:45 am, U Street and Vermont Avenue NW (street).
  • Tuesday, September 20, 5:40 am, 1100 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW (residence).

Felony Threat

  • Monday, September 19, 6:23 pm, 1400 block of U Street NW: “A Felony Threats offense occurred in the 1400 block of U St., N.W. (PSA 208) and was subsequently reported to the MPD. The witness reported that a subject became belligerent after being asked to leave the establishment. He threatened to return and kill two of the employees. The MPD was summoned and responded to the scene. The suspect was detained, subsequently arrested and charged accordingly. This is a closed case.”

Threat To Do Bodily Harm

  • Thursday, September 15, 11 pm, 1800 block of 18th Street NW (food establishment): “The reporting person stated that after serving two customers food, she was presented a menial tip and asked by the customers if the amount was enough. She replied yes, only if her service was bad and if not, then it was not enough of a tip. In response, the two customers became indignant and threatened to do bodily harm to the victim. When a manager was summoned the two suspects fled from the establishment. The suspects are described as: #1-Hispanic/Female, 21-22 YOA, 5’3″-5’5″, 115-120 lbs. with brown eyes, long black hair, a medium complexion and a medium build. She was last seen wearing blue pants, a gray shirt and a black jacket. #2-Black/Female, 18-21 YOA, 5’9″, 150-160 lbs. with brown eyes, short black hair, a dark complexion and a medium build. She was last seen wearing blue pants and a red shirt.”

Sexual Assault

  • Sunday, September 18, 4 pm, 1400 block of P Street NW (convenience store).

Stolen Auto

  • Monday, September 12, to Thursday, September 15, 1900 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW (street).
  • Saturday, September 17, 3:30 am, 1300 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW (street).
  • Saturday, September 17, 10 pm, 1800 block of Vermont Avenue NW (alley).
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