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.
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.
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.
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).
The public is invited to the October meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 208 is tonight at 7 p.m. at 1620 V Street NW at the MPD 3rd District headquarters (even though PSA 208 is now part of the 2nd District). PSA 208 covers the Dupont Circle neighborhood, including West Borderstan.
PSA 208 meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month and a forum for residents to meet with members of the MPD to discuss issues of concern. You can join the MPD 2nd District listserv on Yahoo! Groups. The PSA 208 commander is Lt. Scott Dignan.
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).
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.)
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
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
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
Three robberies this afternoon… two in Borderstan and one in Adams Morgan. Both robberies in Borderstan were with a gun and in the same area as a number of other armed robberies the past two weeks. The times were around 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
“Yeesh” is about all I can say.
- Police Alert-Robbery… Robbery Gun/1705hrs/1420 Swann St NW/B/M 35 YEARS OLD 5’6 5’7 WEARING BLACK SHIRT AND BLACK PANTS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090514366. Sent on: 09/15 17:16
- Police Alert-Robbery… Robbery Force in the 2200blk of 18Th St. NW. 1607hrs. LOF a B/M, DARK BLUE OR GREY SWEAT HOODY, 30s, DARK COMPLEXTION, BLUE JEANS, 5’8 TO 5’9, 160LBS TO 180LBS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20090514248
- Police Alert-Robbery… Robbery Gun in the 1300blk of S St. NW. 1352hrs. LOF 2 B/M WHITE SHIRT BLUE JEANS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090514043
The September monthly meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 208 is Tuesday evening, September 15 at 7 p.m. at the Palladium, 1325 18th Street NW. It will be in the Community Room on the Penthouse level. The location is south of Massachusetts Avenue NW and north of N Street NW. PSA 208 covers the Dupont Circle neighborhood, including West Borderstan.
Here are recent crimes of note in Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208, 307 and 305 for September 7-12 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.
There has been a rash of gun robberies over the past few weeks in PSAs 307 and 305 in the area south of U Street between 9th and 14th Streets NW. Last Monday, September 8, PSA 307 officers arrested suspects for two robberies that occurred around 13th and Q NW.
From MPD Third District: “Earlier this evening [September 8] there were two armed robberies of two separate victims in the 1300 block of Q Street NW. The Third District Robbery Tactical unit was patrolling in the area and due to the officer’s swift action arrested the robbery suspects and recovered the handgun that was used during the commission of the crime. As a result of the arrests, other victims will be contacted in efforts to close other area robberies.”
In addition, here is an important note from MPD Third District above safety in numbers on the street… in regard to the second crime listed below (the Robbery-Purse Snatch on September 12): “This is an example of how you cannot always count on safety in numbers. The suspect was brazen enough to snatch the victim’s purse in the presence of multiple friends. When you pass strangers on the street always maintain a good grip on the strap or handle of your bag. If it becomes apparent that the suspect is not going to give up their effort to snatch your bag then release it and yell for help rather than continuing the confrontation.”