Borderstan

Dupont – Logan – U Street

Crimes of Note: Oct. 28 to Nov. 18


Here are recent crimes of note in Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208, 307 and 305 for the October 28 to November 18 period in the Dupont Circle, U Street and Logan Circle areas. Crimes of note are property crimes such as stolen autos and burglaries, and violent crimes such as robberies and assaults.

There are several gun crimes… a carjacking… two stolen autos and several burglaries in this report.

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November 19, 2009 Posted by | crime, on crime | , , , | Leave a comment

Crimes of Note: October 17-23


Here are recent crimes of note in Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208, 307 and 305 for the October 17-23 period in the Dupont Circle, U Street and Logan Circle areas. Crimes of note are stolen autos, burglaries and violent crimes such as robberies and assaults.

This week, nothing but robberies to report—four of them with guns. Continue reading

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, MPD, on crime, PSA 208, PSA 305, PSA 307, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Borderstan Crime: A Review of the Year’s First 9 Months


Click to enlarge: There were 21 robberies with a gun in the first nine months of 2009 in Borderstan; there were another 43 robberies without a gun. In addition, there were 4 assualts with a gun, for a total of 25 gun crimes. This is up from 12 during the same period of 2008. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: There were 21 robberies with a gun (shown above) in the first nine months of 2009 in Borderstan; there were another 43 robberies without a gun. In addition, there were 4 assaults with a gun, for a total of 25 gun crimes. This is up from 12 gun crimes during the same period of 2008. (Map: MPD crime database)

One can slice and dice crime stats the same way you can any other set of statistics: a million different ways. Personally, I find the most complete way of looking at crime trends is to get the numbers for the previous year (365 days), and then compare them to the same period the year before. This gives you one full year that takes into account seasonal differences.

Calendar-Year Reporting

However, the city and police department work on the calendar year. For example, you have probably read that the number of murders on a year-to-date basis in DC is down. (DC’s murder rate is down this year and much lower than in the 1980s and 1990s).

Moreover, crime stats are reported to the FBI on a calendar year basis. So, I decided to run the crime stats for the Borderstan reporting area¹ stats for the first three quarters of 2009, the third quarter having ended on September 30. I then compared them to the first nine months (three quarters) of 2008 and 2007. Following is what I found from the MPD online crime database.

Click to enlarge: Of the 64 Borderstan robberies between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009, a total of 43 were committed without a gun; those without guns are shown here. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: Of the 64 Borderstan robberies between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009, a total of 43 were committed without a gun; those committed without guns are shown here. (Map: MPD crime database)

Total Crime

Total crimes for the January 1 through September 30 period by year:

  • 492 in 2007
  • 514 in 2008 (4% increase over 2007)
  • 598 in 2009 (16% increase over 2008 and 22% increase over 2007).

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October 21, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, MPD, on community, on crime, PSA 208, PSA 305, PSA 307 | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

October is National Crime Prevention Month


October is National Crime Prevention Month, a yearly event sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council. The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) offers these quick links to safety information from various law enforcement agencies and crime prevention groups. Continue reading

October 20, 2009 Posted by | D.C. crime, MPD, on crime | , , , | 1 Comment

September Crime Stats: More Property Crimes; Gun Crimes Up


Click to enlarge: There were 10 violent crimes in Borderstan in September 2009. There is a noticeable concentration in the northeastern part of the area. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: There were 10 violent crimes in Borderstan in September 2009. There is a noticeable concentration in the northeastern part of the area. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: Thefts from autos are the most common type of crime in the Borderstan area; there were 30 in September 2009. This map shows a concentration west of 15th St. NW. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: Thefts from autos are the most common crime in the Borderstan area; there were 30 in September 2009. This map shows a concentration west of 15th St. NW. (Map: MPD crime database)

The number of crimes in September 2009 in the Borderstan crime reporting area¹ is up substantially over the previous two Septembers, 2007 and 2008.

The rise is being driven by property crimes, mostly thefts (up 85% from two years ago) and thefts from autos (up 173% from two years ago).

While violent crime remained steady, the number of gun crimes is up noticeably—a trend we have been seeing all year.

Total crime (both violent and property crimes) for the  month of September 2009 in the Borderstan crime area¹ is 27% higher than in September 2008 and 61% higher than September 2007.

September: Year by Year

  • 44 crimes in September 2007
  • 56 crimes in September 2008 (27% increase over 2007)
  • 71 crimes in September 2009 (27% increase over 2008 and 61% increase over 2007).

Historical numbers are provided to give you perspective on the crime rate trend in the neighborhood. (You can run crime statistics from the DC MPD online crime database for up to two years.)

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October 19, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, MPD, on crime, PSA 208, PSA 305, PSA 307 | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Borderstan Crimes of Note, October 1-11


Here are recent crimes of note in Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208, 307 and 305 for the October 1-11 period in the Dupont Circle, U Street and Logan Circle areas. Crimes of note are stolen autos, burglaries and violent crimes such as robberies and assaults. Continue reading

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, MPD, on crime, PSA 208, PSA 305, PSA 307, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

1:21 PM, Robbery at 19th & R NW


Got this police alert… the robbery location was straight north of Dupont Circle and one block east of Connecticut Avenue. Appears to have been 3 to 4 juveniles.

Police Alert-ROBBERY FORCE & VIOLENCE. ROBBERY F & V_1:21 PM_19TH & R ST NW_LOOK FOR 3-4 B/M JUVENILE HEADED TOWARDS DUPONT CIR. WEARING DARK CLOTHING. ONE IS WEARING A RED CAP. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090549071. Sent on: 10/02 13:33

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, Dupont Circle, on crime, PSA 208 | , , , , | 2 Comments

UPDATE: It Was a Bank Robbery on K Street, Not a Mugging


UPDATE: This was a bank robbery, not a mugging. I based my posting on the Police Alert. Thanks to dcist and commenters for the update and correction.

Should I feel better that our muggers are getting classier?

Got this police alert today. I wasn’t going to post about it, but then I thought, “Oh, this is a bit different.” You do hear of this approach to holding up people on the street—business attire—but I don’t remember it being employed recently in DC. The mugger struck at 16th and K NW this morning at 9:16, complete with hat and briefcase:

Police Alert-ROBBERY FEAR. ROBBERY FEAR: 1600 K ST NW: 0916HOURS: LOF A B/M DRK CPLX, GRY BEARD, 5’11, 50s, WEARING GLASSES, BLK HAT, WHT SHIRT, BLK SUIT, CARRYING A BRIEFCASE, L/S TOWARD 17TH ST DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090540568

And you have to love the irony of mugger in a suit on K Street.

September 28, 2009 Posted by | MPD, on crime, Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

Last 60 Days in Borderstan: Crime Up 34% Over 2008, 41% Over 2007


Click to enlarge: This map shows the location of violent crimes between July 24 and September 22 in the Borderstan crime reporting area. (Image: MPD Crime Search database)

Click to enlarge: This map shows the location of violent crimes between July 24 and September 22 in the Borderstan crime reporting area. (Image: MPD Crime Search database)

I decided to look up the Borderstan¹ crime stats for the past 60 days and compare them to the same 60-day period in both 2007 and 2008. I had a feeling that the past 60 days were worse than last year; this was the case for the month of August. (See “UPDATED: Borderstan August Crime Up 37% From Last Year” and “Borderstan Crime Up 15% in August; 26% in 2 Months.”)

And my hunch was that it was the last 60 days or so that were noticeably worse. My hunch was based on the seemingly large numbers of robberies with guns in the area recently. I even looked at the numbers for the last 90 days—overall crime was up compared to the previous two years, but not as much as when one only looks at the last 60 days.

For the July 24 to September 22 period in Borderstan, violent crime is up 57% over 2008 (robberies and gun crimes increased substantially) and up 5% over 2007. Property crime is up 31% from 2008 and up 48% over 2007. Total crime (both categories) is up 34% from  2008 and up 41% over 2007.

IMPORTANT NOTES: The increases in crime in the Borderstan reporting area are in noticeable, concentrated areas. The increase in violent crime, especially robberies, seems to be concentrated in an area between Rhode Island Avenue and U Street and from around 9th to 16th Streets NW. When you look at the stats for this 60-day period for Police Service Areas 208 (Dupont Circle) and 307 (Logan Circle-Shaw), the picture is a bit different.

In PSA 307, crime was slightly down (including violent crime) and the number of robberies was the same in 2009 as in 2008 for this 60-day period. In PSA 208, violent crime is virtually the same for this period in 2009 as it was in 2008 (robberies went up to 39 from 35 last year). However, property crime in 208 is up a whopping 41% from last year for the July 24-September 22 period, driven by increases in thefts and thefts from autos; burglaries are up slightly.

For the Borderstan crime reporting area¹, here are the specifics for the July 24-September 22 period: Continue reading

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, MPD, on crime, PSA 208, PSA 307 | , , , | 3 Comments

Gun Robbery: 8:51 PM, 14th & W Streets


Got this Police Alert last night. There was a robbery-with-gun at 8:51 p.m. at 14th and W Streets NW… a strip with an awfully lot of new condos and restaurants.

It is the number of guns being used in robberies lately that alarms me. Sure, any robbery can result in someone being badly hurt (or killed), but guns add another level of danger. Then there is the time this robbery occurred. This was not the middle of the night. In our area, 8:51 p.m. is prime time for people coming and going to restaurants, grocery stores, the gym, etc.

Would visible foot patrols on 14th and U Streets help… especially in the evening hours? I don’t know, but I have to ask. If you live in that area, what do you think?

Robbery Gun at 14Th W St. NW. 2051hrs. LOF-S1. B/M. 6′. WHITE SHIRT. ARMED WITH DARK HAND GUN, S2. B/M. 5’8″. DREADS. UNKNOWN CLOTHING , S3. WHT HAT. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20090529409

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, MPD, on crime | , , , | 4 Comments