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.
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.
Starting last month we began doing something new here at Borderstan with crime stats—monthly postings with crime stats for areas that are hubs of three of the main commercial corridors in the Dupont–Logan–U Street area: 12th and U NW, 14th and Q NW, and 17th and Q NW.
These are approximately the centers of the U Street, 14th Street and 17th Street commercial corridors. As centers for neighborhood life, they can also be crime magnets. But, all three of the reporting areas listed above will encompass surrounding residential areas as well, as shown in the map above for the 14th Street corridor.
Why the switch? The area’s commercial strips are centers for neighborhood life—and as a result they can also be crime magnets. All three of the reporting areas listed above will encompass surrounding residential areas as well, as shown in the map above for the U Street corridor. Moreover, all three streets have large numbers of residential buildings, too.
Today’s posting is for 17th Street, centered at 17th and Q Streets NW, the center of the commercial strip on 17th Street. The 17th Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U 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 area is in Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which covers the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Last week we ran similar posts for U Street and 14th Street with March numbers.
Summary of March Crime Stats for 17th Street Corridor
- A return to normal. After an abnormally low number of crimes in February due to the snowstorms, the number of crimes in the U Street area returned to more predictable level. (Due to the major snowstorms and severe weather, crime was down throughout DC; see “DC Crime Plummets During Snowpocalypse.”)
- Total crime down slightly, March over March. Total crime for the 17th Street area was down in March 2010 over March 2009 thanks to the noticeable drop in thefts and burglaries—but higher than in March 2008. There were 21 total crimes in March 2010 compared to 23 in March 2009 and 13 in March 2008—meaning that crime was actually 62% higher in March of this year compared to two years ago.
- Property crime down March over March. Property crime for the area was lower in March 2010 than in March 2009—but still higher than March 2008. The number of property crimes in March by year: 10 in 2008, 21 in 2009 and 16 in 2010. Thefts have declined, but thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) are up (see chart below). Burglaries were down, from 4 in March of last year to just 1 last month.
- Violent crime up, March over March.The 17th Street corridor and surrounding area have seen a rash of robberies in the past few months. This was clear in the March 2010 stats when there were 5 violent crimes compared to just 2 in March 2009 and 3 in March 2008. Of the violent crimes last month, 4 were robberies (none with guns) and 1 assault in which a gun was used. The robberies all occurred on the 1600 and 1700 blocks of P Street NW; the assault was on the 1500 block of Corcoran Street NW.
Detailed crime stats for the 17th Street Corridor in March 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.
There have been reports of numerous loud noises that sounded like gunshots or explosions around 1:30 a.m. in the vicinity of 17th and S Streets NW. A spokesperson for MPD 2nd District confirmed that the cause was fireworks:
At approximately 0130, there were multiple calls for service for sounds of gunshots from the 1700 block of 17th Street and the 1700 blocks of Q, Riggs and R Streets NW. An officer was in the area and observed fireworks. A canvas revealed no actual gunshots.
As noted in yesterday’s post on the U Street corridor, we are doing something new here at Borderstan with crime stats. In the past we reported monthly crime numbers for an area around the 1600 block of 15th Street NW and occasionally for Police Service Areas 208 (Dupont) and 307 (Logan).
Starting this month we are running posts with crime stats for areas that are the centers of three main business and commercial corridors in the Dupont–Logan–U Street area: 12th and U NW; 14th and Q NW; and 17th and Q NW. These are approximately the centers of the U Street, 14th Street and 17th Street commercial corridors.
Why the switch? The area’s commercial strips are centers for neighborhood life—and as a result they can also be crime magnets. All three of the reporting areas listed above will encompass surrounding residential areas as well, as shown in the map above for the U Street corridor. Moreover, all three streets have substantial numbers of residential buildings, too.
What’s going on with Hank’s Oyster Bar, the popular restaurant on Q Street just west of 17th? The owner went through a long approval process to open a few years back. Now, what would it take to expand the restaurant at its current location? Find out over at 14th & You… “Could Hank’s Be Driven Out of Dupont?” and at MetroWeekly: “Passion Plate.”
14th & You:
Whenever the discussion on this blog turns from snow and graffiti removal towards neighborhood business issues—in particular, restaurants and bars—the conversation inevitably turns towards the role that the ANC plays in neighborhood business affairs. It’s an argument I can honestly say has two sides.
Read Mr. 14th & You’s entire post. This blog often covers business and development related issues on 14th and U Streets NW… as well as the role of DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs). I would also watch the comments section on this post over there… the discussion may be interesting.
Another robbery on the 17th Street corridor, this one at 8:32 this evening between P and Q Streets NW. This is a heavily traveled section of 17th Street with restaurants, clubs and businesses on the east side and residential buildings on the west side.
Moreover, 17th Street has long been considered a “safe place” at night, someplace where many people take their dogs for bedtime walks, go to get groceries, etc.
Police Alert-Robbery Fear. Robbery;Fear/2023hrs/1500 17th St NW/No lookout DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20100058566. Sent on: 02/03 20:32
There was another robbery near the 17th Street corridor, this time on Monday night around 9:30 p.m. The crime occurred on the 1600 block of P Street; details below the fold. This follows two robberies on Friday evening near this high foot-traffic area.
There was also a daytime robbery on the 1500 block of U Street NW on Sunday around 12:30 p.m. As we have noted before, these types of robberies happen on U Street and they seem to happen all too often during daytime hours.
Following are crimes of note—robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos—that occurred between January 27 and February 1 in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. We will have a roundup of official crime stats later in the week for the area.
There were two robberies early Friday night near the normally busy 17th Street business corridor that stretches from P to R Streets (full details from MPD 2nd District below).
Both robberies were committed by as many as four young men. No word yet from Police Service Area (PSA) 208 on whether they believe the two robberies were committed by the same group of suspects.
There have been other robberies or assaults or or near the 17th Street strip of restaurants and clubs in the past year. The crimes have occurred at various times and a number of them have been on the 1600 blocks of lettered streets leading to 17th Street. (List below the fold.)
Friday Night Robberies
- Friday, January 29, 8 p.m., Robbery with Gun, 1900 block of 17th Street NW (at Willard Street). “An armed robbery occurred tonight in the 1900 block of 17th Street NW, at approximately 8:00 pm. The case is still being investigated as of this posting. The lookout involved several black males who were last seen operating a silver Lexus with temporary tags and armed with a handgun. The jurisdiction of the tags was unknown. Additional information will be posted.”
- Friday, January 29, 9:45 p.m., Robbery-Force and Violence, 1600 block of R Street NW. “A Robbery Force and Violence offense occurred in the 1600 block of R St., N.W. (PSA 208) and was subsequently reported to the MPD. The victim reported that while walking in the area he was approached by four suspects. One of the suspects punched him on the left side of his face. One suspect then told the victim to give them everything in his pocket. The victim complied and gave the suspect his wallet. All suspects then ran north on 17th Street. The suspect(s) lookout is for four black males, nothing further.”
According to owners Ghizlaine and Driss, the new section will be in the southwest corner of the cafe with a separate entrance on R Street. In addition to pizza, the shop addition will handle delivery and pick up.
In addition to being a coffee shop, Steam serves food throughout the day—breakfast items, crepes, sandwiches, salads. The best thing on the menu (in my opinion) are the croissants that they bake on site each morning.
The couple purchased Steam in early 2007. They hope to have the new business, including pizza, up and running in December.