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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: 3 Gun Robberies in U Street Corridor


There are fewer crimes of note to report this week. The one trend of note is the three robberies that were committed with guns in the past week, all in the U Street NW corridor area between New Hampshire Avenue and 17th Street. There were also two robberies in the 14th Street area.

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

  • Saturday, April 10, 8:40 p.m., Robbery with Gun, 1900 New Hampshire Avenue NW.
  • Sunday, April 11, 7 p.m., Robbery, 1500 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW.
  • Monday, April 12, 10:12 p.m., Robbery with Gun, 1700 block of Florida Avenue NW.
  • Monday, April 12, 10:25 p.m., Robbery with Gun, 1300 block of U Street NW-Alley.

Burglary

  • Tuesday, April 6, 9:45 p.m., Burglary, 1400 block of R Street NW.
  • April 6-7, Burglary, 1600 block of 14th Street NW.

Sexual Abuse

  • Saturday, April 10, 1:15 a.m., Sexual Assault, 1400 block of R Street NW.
  • Saturday, April 10, 11 a.m., Sexual Abuse (of an Adult), 1200 block of 12th Street NW.

Stolen Auto

  • Monday, April 12, 3:10 p.m., Stolen Auto, 1200 block of Florida Avenue NW-Alley.

April 14, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , , | 3 Comments

17th Street: Fireworks Were Source of Early-Morning Noises


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.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | 8 Comments

14th Street Area: Property Crime Down, Violent Crime Up


MPD dc crime Borderstan Logan Circle 14th Street NW

There were 5 violent crimes in the 14th Street Corridor area in March: 4 robberies and 1 assault. Two of the five crimes were committed with a gun. Statistics are for the area shown above in yellow highlight. A more detailed description of this geographical area is at the bottom of this post. (MPD Crime Database)

As noted last month, we are 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 DupontLoganU Street area: 12th and U NW, 14th and Q NW, and 17th and Q NW.

These are approximately the centers of the U Street14th 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.

The 14th Street Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 14th and Q 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. This area of Logan Circle is in Police Service Area (PSA) 307 in MPD’s Third District.

Summary of March Crime Stats for 14th 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 14th 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.”)
  • The good news: property crimes. The number of property crimes in March 2010 dropped substantially from March 2009. (This is a trend we have seen for a number of months in this area and in other areas of Dupont-Logan-U Street area, which is driving the overall crime rate downward.) There were 17 property crimes in the 14th Street area last Month, which compares to 25 in March 2009 and 15 in March 2008. There were decreases in burglaries and thefts.
  • The bad news: violent crime. After no violent crimes in the area in March 2008 and one in March 2009, there were five last month:  4 robberies and 1 assault. One of the robberies and the lone assault were committed with a gun. There were 2 violent crimes in the 14th and Q area in February during Snowpocalypse.
  • Overall: Total crime down, but higher than 2008. As a result of the 33% drop in property crime in March 2010 compared to March 2009, total crime decreased from 26 in March 2009 to 22 crimes in March 2010. However, this is still 50% higher than the 15 total crimes in March 2008.

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

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April 9, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | 6 Comments

Crimes of Note: Witnesses Don’t Always Deter Muggers


There were 10 reported robberies and two assaults between March 27 and April 6 in the Borderstan area, only one of them committed with a gun. Perhaps the most disturbing crime of the week, an assault, occurred last evening (Tuesday) around 8 p.m. on the 1400 block of Q Street: Even though there were multiple witnesses in the vicinity, three men attacked a pedestrian, according to an eyewitness. Details are below the fold.

Also… the description of the suspect in the Friday robbery in the 1500 block of Massachusetts is similar to the suspect in three robberies that werereported last week: “Look out for white male, 5’9″ 160 lbs. wearing a white button up shirt and light blue jeans.” Last week, there was a similar suspect described by victims as a “white male with a beard and approximately 5′7″ to 5′8″ tall.” Police sources said last week they believed it may have been the same man fitting that description who was responsible for several robberies in the area.

As for additional trends, three of the robberies occurred in the early morning hours on two busy commercial strips, around the time patrons would be leaving clubs and bars. Two occurred near the 17th Street corridor, one at 17th and Church NW and the other at 17th  and Q NW. The third was on the 14th Street corridor at 14th and P NW. Finally, three of the robberies were on Q Street NW, between 12th and 17th Streets; and two robberies were on Connecticut Avenue 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 7, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 11 Comments

U Street Area: Property Crime Down, Violent Crime Up


Borderstan U Street NW dc crime

In March there were 9 violent crimes, including 6 assaults, in the U Street Corridor area, between 9th and 14th Streets. Six of the 9 crimes were actually right on U Street. Statistics in the chart below are for the area shown above. A more detailed description of this geographical area is at the bottom of this post. (MPD Crime Database)

As noted last month, we are doing something new here at Borderstan with crime stats. We are now doing monthly postings with crime stats for areas that are hubs of three of the main business and commercial corridors in the DupontLoganU 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 U Street corridor.

The U 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 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south.

Summary of March Crime Stats for U 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.”)
  • The good news. The number of property crimes in March 2010 plummeted from March of 2009: there were 19 property crimes last month compared to 44 in March 2009 and 20 in March 2008. The huge decreases were due to a decrease in thefts (from 10 down to 5) and in thefts from autos, which are commonly called smash-and-grabs. There were only 13 thefts from autos last month while there were 30 in March 2009 and 7 in March 2008.
  • The bad news. There were 9 violent crimes in the U Street corridor last month—up from 5 in March of last year and 4 in March 2008. The increase was in assaults with 6 reported last month while none were reported in March 2009. The number of robberies decreased from 5 in March 2009 to 3 last month. Gun crimes totaled 2 in March: 1 robbery and 1 assault were committed with a gun.
  • Total crime down. As a result of the dramatically lower property crimes in March 2010 compared to March 2009, total crime decreased from 44 in March 2009 to 28 in March 2010. However, this is still higher than the 24 total crimes in March 2008.

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

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April 5, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | 2 Comments

Crimes of Note: 6 Gun Crimes; Possible Link in 3 Robberies


The 1600 block of S Street NW.

There were six gun crimes in the previous week in the Borderstan area: five were robberies with a gun and one assault with a gun (two of the gun crimes were reported on Saturday). The most recent one occurred last night around 11 p.m. on the 1800 block of T Street NW.

Police believe that the suspect in last night’s robbery may be responsible for two additional robberies in the past week. The suspect has been described victims as a white male with a beard and approximately 5’7″ to 5’8″ tall; more details are below the fold.**

As for additional trends, two of the robberies and the assault were on or near Corcoran Street NW between 1300 and 1500. One robbery was in an alley near R and 16th Streets—R is one street north of Corcoran. In addition, the number 13 was truly unlucky in the past week. Check out the number of crimes in the list below that occurred on or near 13th Street or in the 1300 block of a given street, including Q, Corcoran and U Streets NW: four robberies, three assaults and one stolen auto.

Regarding the coming of warm weather and more street crime, please repeat after me: I will not talk on my cell phone or listen to my iPod on a quiet residential street after dark… totally unaware of my surroundings… and setting myself up as an easy target for muggers.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week—robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos—that occurred March 20-27 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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March 30, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , , | 6 Comments

Two Friday-Night Gun Robberies in Borderstan


There were two gun robberies last night in the Borderstan area. The most disturbing is the first one, which happened early in the evening at 8:40 p.m.; updated details below. on a very busy stretch of U Street—14th and U, to be exact. One has to assume the area was filled with a fairly large number of people on a Friday evening in the spring.

Details on both crimes below; information is from Police Alerts.

  • Friday, March 26, 8:40 p.m., Robbery with Gun, 1400 U Street NW. According to DC police, “Male suspect entered a restaurant in the block and demanded money… apparently pointed a silver handgun, obtained money and fled. Suspect was a black male wearing dark jeans, black jacket with gray sleeves and black tennis shoes.”
  • Saturday, March 27, 1:30 a.m., Robbery with Gun, R and 16th Streets NW: “On Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 1:45 a.m., a Robbery/While Armed (Gun) offense occurred in the 1500 block of R St., N.W. (PSA 208) and was subsequently reported to the MPD. The victim reported that while walking in the alley he was approached from the rear by a subject who struck him on the back of the head. The victim fell to the ground after which time the suspect pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet and jewelry. The victim complied and the suspect fled the area eastbound in the alley.”

March 27, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 10 Comments