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 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.)
Good grief. A robbery with gun at the corner of 14th & S NW at 7:55 p.m. this evening. Will we ever get dedicated patrols for 14th and U Streets NW?
Granted that tonight is nasty, chilly and rainy, but this the heart of the 14th Street corridor in the middle of lots of new, fancy clubs and restaurants. Think for a second at what businesses are within a block from 14th & S NW: Bar Pilar, Cafe Saint-Ex, Cork, Policy, Black Cat and Source Theatre.
Note to our elected officials: NOT good PR if you want to attract more young urban hipsters to DC, and keep the suburbanites coming downtown:
From Police Alerts:
ROBBERY GUN _ 1955HRS @ 14TH & S ST NW LOF: 2 B/M S1 5’10” BOTH SUSPECTS LSW DK JACKETS BLK PANTS W/ HOODY MUSLIM SCARF L/S HEADED TOWARD 13TH ST NW DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090578927
Amanda Hess, The Sexist columnist at the Washington City Paper, has the latest news related to the “Men’s Parties” death on October 4 at 1618-A 14th Street NW: “D.C. Files Lawsuit Against “Men’s Parties.” From her Thursday posting:
Yesterday, the District of Columbia filed suit against “Men’s Parties,” the underground male sex club located at 1618 14th Street NW. The club has operated for decades in Logan Circle the D.C. area—through fire, allegations of unsafe sexual conditions, and most recently, a member’s death from an accidental head injury inside the club.
Earlier Borderstan Postings:
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
On our bedtime walk-with-the-dog, we went by 1618-A 14th Street NW, site of the early Sunday morning death of a patron at the location’s private club. The police tape was gone and the gate was unlocked.
After taking a gander at the building’s front, we headed down the 1400-block of Corcoran. There is an iron security gate on the Corcoran side of the building and you can easily look into the back “garden” area of 1618. We heard a door open and saw light coming from the building. A guy stepped into the back area. I asked him if they were open for business. “Yes,” was the response. Continue reading
MONDAY: MidCity Business Association Mixer on Monday, October 5, 6 to 8 p.m., at Solly’s at 1942 11th Street NW: “Meet and Mix with MidCity business owners, community members, civic leaders and politicians. Learn about MiDCity BA’s continuing efforts to promote more constructive, proactive policies around nightlife management. Learn what city leaders plan to do to help ensure that MidCity’s commercial corridors thrive and retain their unique mix of independent businesses, restaurants and cultural venues.” RSVP to Natalie.
WEDNESDAY: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F, Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m., Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW: The agenda for ANC 2F/Logan Circle is online at the ANC 2F website. ANC 2F meets monthly at the Washington Plaza Hotel on the first Wednesday of the month.
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