Borderstan

Dupont – Logan – U Street

Crimes of Note: Your Expensive Phone is a Target


The past week’s tally of notable crimes: 6 robberies (1 with a gun), 1 assault, 2 burglaries (1 armed, which is unusual) and 3 stolen autos. The notable geographic pattern is that 3 of the robberies and the 1 assault were in the western end of the Borderstan area.

However, the more notable pattern is what muggers and thieves are targeting: your expensive smart phone, such as iPhones and Droids. MPD Second District Commander Matthew Klein sent out this statement yesterday:

Although the number of robberies in the Second District is still lower this year compared with the same period last year, we’re seeing a recent spike in several areas along with some noticeable trends. Recently, a large number of these robberies (cases where someone is “mugged” on the street, or has an item snatched from their hands) involve Apple iPhones. This ubiquitous, expensive device appeals to criminals because it can be easily reprogrammed, or erased, and sold for quick cash.

We’re seeing folks having phones snatched from their hands as they walk down the street, or taken from tables while sitting at restaurants. Although the vast majority of these offenses do not involve physical harm to the victim, this is a disconcerting trend that deserves attention.

As always, I’m asking folks to be aware of their surroundings, especially while walking down the street and talking on the phone (try and avoid doing that if you are walking alone at night). Do not leave your phone lying on a table while dining out as this may also attract would-be thieves.

Yes, readers, it is a bad idea to talk on your cell phone or listen to your iPod on a quiet residential street after dark… totally unaware of your surroundings. Doing so makes you an easy target for muggers. The same warning applies for night-time joggers.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is served primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 2 Comments

17th Street Area: Stats Show YOY April Crime Decline


MPD dc crime Borderstan Dupont Circle 17th Street NW

Click to enlarge: There were 3 violent crimes in the 17th Street area in April. All were robberies and the 1 committed with a gun was on Q Street. (MPD Crime Database)

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.

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May 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

All Hands on Deck: Safety Check at 15th & R NW


Saturday, 15th and R NW: Officers from MPD units were checking every third car for registration and driver seatbelt use. It was part of the weekend's All Hands on Deck operation. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC MPD ran its first All Hands on Deck operation of the summer this past weekend. AHODs typically run from 6 am on Friday to 6 am on Sunday.

MPD says, “During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel will be on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing, focused law enforcement and community outreach. This will include increased foot beats, homicide detectives following up with victims, and recruits passing out specific crime related information.” There were 10 AHODs in 2009.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 1 Comment

14th Street Area: Crime Down YOY in April, Property Crimes Lead Way


Borderstan Logan Circle crime 14th Street NW

Click to enlarge:There were 2 violent crimes in April in the 14th Street area, both of them robberies without guns. (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the 14th Street area was down 24% in April from last year. There were 29 total crimes in April 2009 compared to 22 last month. However, the April 2010 is still slightly higher than April 2008 when there were 22 total crimes in the 14th Street area.

Detailed numbers are below the fold and are from the MPD Crime Database.

Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY in the 14th Street area was due primarily to the 26% in property crimes. These account for the huge bulk of all crime—91% of all reported crimes last month were property crimes, as opposed to violent crimes, which were 9% of the total.

The decrease in property crimes was due to the decreasing number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), which declined to 7 last month compared to 16 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 2 violent crimes last month in the 14th Street area—2 robberies without guns. This is the same as April 2009 and similar to April 2008 when there were 2 no-gun robberies and 1 no-gun assaults. There were no gun crimes last month in the area; gun crimes are robberies, assaults and homicides committed with a gun.

The 14th Street corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 14th and QU NW—an area that roughly runs  from 15th Street on the west to Vermont Avenue/Logan Circle on the east and from S Street on the north to Rhode Island Avenue on the south.

Detailed crime stats for the 14th Street Corridor in April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | 2 Comments

U Street Area: April Crime Down from 2009, Higher than 2008


Borderstan U Street crime

Click to enlarge: There were four violent crimes in the U Street corridor area in April, down from 6 in April 2009. All four crimes were robberies, one with a gun (1300 block of U Street). (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the U Street area was down 38% in April from last year. There were 45 total crimes in April 2009 compared to 28 last month. However, the April 2010 is still noticeably higher than April 2008 when there were only 19 total crimes in the U Street area.

Detailed numbers are below the fold and are from the MPD Crime Database.

Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY was due primarily to the 38% in property crimes, which account for the huge bulk of all crime. The were 4 violent crimes in April of this year compared to 6 last year; there were also 4 violent crimes in April 2008.

The decrease in property crimes came primarily in the number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), stolen autos and burglaries. But, there were more thefts from autos and thefts last month than there were in April 2008.

Violent crime down. There were 4 violent crimes last month—4 robberies, one with a gun. This is down from 6 violent crimes in April 2009 and the same as the 4 violent crimes in April 2008. There were 2 gun crimes in April 2008 and 2 in April 2009. Gun crimes are robberies, assaults and homicides committed with a gun.

The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (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.

Total crime stats for April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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May 6, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | Leave a comment

Crimes of Note: Stolen Autos in U Street Area


The notable trend in crimes during the past week continues to be stolen autos in and around the U Street corridor, including Florida Avenue and streets to the north.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week—robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos—that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is covered primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.

Robbery

  • Wednesday, April 28, 7:50 pm, Robbery-Fear, 1700 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.
  • Friday, April 30, 9:35 pm, Robbery, 1600 block of P Street NW.
  • Friday, April 30, Robbery-Pickpocket, 2000 block of 13th Street NW.
  • Saturday, May 1, 2:40 am, Robbery-Force & Violence: “The victim reported that while walking in the area, a suspect approached her from behind and knocked her to the ground. The suspect then took the victim’s purse and fled south on 15th St., N.W. Stolen from the victim were a pink purse, U.S. Currency, an I-phone and a debit card along with other personal items. The suspect is described as a Back/Male, 6’1’’-6’2’’, 170-180 lbs., wearing a black jacket and dark pants.”

Burglary

  • Between April 26 and April 28, Burglary, 2100 block of 15th Street NW.

Stolen Auto

  • Saturday, May 1, 8 to 10:30 pm, Stolen Auto, 14th and U Streets NW.
  • Saturday, May 1, 6:25 to 10:40 pm, Stolen Auto, 11th and W Streets NW.
  • Saturday, May 1, 3:30 to 10:30 pm, Stolen Auto, 1200 block of V Street NW.
  • Sunday, May 2, 1 to 3 am, Stolen Auto, 1400 block of T Street NW.
  • Sunday, May 2, Stolen Auto, 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW.

May 5, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

Crimes of Note: Stolen Autos, Purse Snatchings


One of the crime trends of the past 10 days in the Borderstan area is nine stolen autos: five were stolen last weekend, four on Saturday and one on Sunday. There were another four reported between April 17 and April 21. Most of the cars were stolen in the western part of Logan Circle neighborhood or near the U Street Corridor; the list is below.

In addition, there were 11 reported robberies between April 16 and April 26, two of them committed with guns (the robbery of Nellie’s Sports Bar and resident Kal Penn) and one with a knife. Three of the robberies are categorized as “snatches” or “pocketbook snatches” and they occurred between 1300 and 1500 U Street NW.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week—robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos—that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is covered primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

Area Property Crimes: Down from Last Year’s Surge


Borderstan U Street MPD

Click to enlarge: There were 29 stolen autos in the 12th and U Street area in the year ended April 19. Six were on T Street and seven were on 10th Street. (MPD crime database)

Last Wednesday we had a post on violent crime trends over the past three years for three specific areas in Borderstan. Today is a look at property crime trends over the same periods of time for the same three areas.

These property crime numbers are from the MPD Crime Database and each set of numbers is for the previous one-year period, i.e., April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010. For each of the three crime reporting areas—14th Street, 17th Street and U Street—there are three sets of numbers. (We report on these specific geographic areas because they are commercial strips and centers for neighborhood life, which can also make them crime magnets.)

Unlike violent crime in the area—which is either unchanged in the past two years or has gone up—property crime has declined in the past year. However, property crime rates are only back down to where there were two years ago. In terms of the overall crime rate, it is declining property crime rates that are driving the overall crime rate.

Property Crimes for All Three Areas

For the three reporting areas combined (14th Street, 17th Street and U Street), there were the following number of property crimes by year:

  • April 19, 2007 to April 19, 2008: 766 property crimes (includes 117 burglaries, 309 thefts from autos, 108 stolen autos)
  • April 19, 2008 to April 19, 2009: 933 property crimes (includes 92 burglaries, 470 thefts from autos, 125 stolen autos)
  • April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010: 787 property crimes (includes 53 burglaries, 397 thefts from autos, 72 stolen autos)

Notable Trends for Three Combined Areas

  • For the three areas combined, property crimes are down 15.6% for the one-year period ended April 19 when compared to the previous year. However, the total number is still up slightly from two years ago, about 3%.
  • As of April 19, the number of burglaries in the previous year was 42% lower than in the previous one-year period, and 55% lower than two years ago.
  • The number of stolen autos has declined by 42% in the past year after increasing 16% between April 2008 and April 2009.
  • The number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) declined 16% in the past year, but is still 28% higher than two years ago.
  • Other property crimes in the MPD crime stats are theft and arson.

Property crime stats for each of the three reporting areas are below the fold.

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April 26, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

Area Violent Crime: Stable or Up; More Gun Crimes


Click to enlarge: There were 53 violent crimes in the 14th and Q NW area between April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010 -- compared to 42 in the previous one-year period. Maps for two additional areas are below the fold. (MPD Crime Database)

We usually run “Crimes of Notes” on Wednesdays, a roundup of notable crimes from the previous week: robberies, assaults, burglaries, stolen autos, sex crimes and [rarely] homicides. This week we are doing something a bit different. Following is a snapshot of violent crime trends over the past two years in the three crime reporting areas we report on here at Borderstan.

The numbers are from the MPD Crime Database and each set of numbers is for the previous one-year period, i.e., April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010. For each of the three crime reporting areas—14th Street, 17th Street and U Street—there are three sets of numbers.

Overall, violent crime in the three reporting areas has is either unchanged in the past two years or has gone up. The exception is the 17th Street area where violent crime is down over the past two years. But for all three areas, gun crimes are up over the past three years—from 34 gun crimes last year to 53 gun crimes this year, 56% increase.

Crimes for All Three Areas

For the three reporting areas (14th Street, 17th Street and U Street), there were the following number of violent crimes and gun crimes by year (gun crimes are robberies and assaults committed with a gun):

  • April 19, 2007 to April 19, 2008: 147 violent crimes (40 gun crimes)
  • April 19, 2008 to April 19, 2009: 150 violent crimes (34 gun crimes)
  • April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010: 154 violent crimes (53 gun crimes)

Violent Crimes and Gun Crimes in Each Area

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April 21, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , , | 1 Comment

Reports: Kal Penn Robbed at Gunpoint on S Street


Kal Penn. (Borderstan)

The actor Kal Penn was reportedly robbed early this morning at gunpoint in the Dupont-Logan area, on the 1500 block of S Street NW, according to TMZ and NBCwashington.com.

Penn has been a resident of the area since last year when he took a job to work in the Obama administration. However, he recently decided to return to Hollywood.  Penn is known as one of the starts of the two Harold and Kumar movies and a had a role as a doctor in the TV show, House.

NBCwashington.com picked up the story from TMZ:

“A Metro Police report says that at 1:20 a.m., a male victim reported that while walking in the 1500 block of S St. N.W., a subject approached, showed him a handgun and ordered him to get down on the ground. The victim handed over his wallet and cell phone. A second suspect was standing nearby during the robbery; he was joined by the first suspect after the robbery.”

April 20, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | 8 Comments