A Final Note on the Crime Stats

This week, GM has been digging into the MPD’s 2009 crime stats for Georgetown and comparing them to last year’s. While there are some troubling trends in crime in Georgetown, GM thought it was important to put those stats in one more context: how do they compare with other neighborhoods?

GM crunched the numbers on Georgetown (PSA 206) and compared them with stats for some neighborhoods in the same general vicinity: Palisades/Kent/Spring Valley (205), greater Dupont (208), Woodley/Cleveland Park/Glover Park (204), Mount Pleasant (301), and Columbia Heights (302 & 304). The results are after the jump:

Total  Crimes Per 1000 Residents

Georgetown

36.2

Dupont

58.8

W/GP/CP

14.8

MP

20.8

Col. Heig.

40.7

Palis.

8.5

Surprisingly the neighborhood with the highest crime per capita in this group is Dupont. Columbia Heights is a distant second with Georgetown close behind at third. Unsurprisingly Woodley, Glover, and Cleveland Parks is much lower and the greater Palisades-area stats barely register.

But what if we ignore thefts, which in Georgetown primarily includes shoplifting (and thus doesn’t affect residents directly)? Here are the numbers with thefts stripped out:

Total Per 1000 Residents w/o Thefts

Georgetown

14.6

Dupont

32.9

W/GP/CP

9.0

MP

16.4

Col. Heig.

29.6

Palis.

6.3

When you filter out thefts, Georgetown falls back considerably while Dupont and Columbia Heights remain around twice as crime-affected as Georgetown.

Thus it’s important to keep things in perspective. Georgetown is still an overall safe neighborhood. Surely residents from the more disadvantaged neighborhoods across the city roll their eyes when they hear about Georgetowners complaining about crime. That doesn’t mean we ought to accept the crime we have, but it’s just important to see things in context.

Here are how some of the crime specific stats sort out, with the highest per category in bold:

Burglaries Per 1000 Residents

Georgetown

4.2

Dupont

3.4

W/GP/CP

1.6

MP

2.4

Col. Heig.

3.7

Palis.

0.7

Theft F/Auto Per 1000 Residents

Georgetown

19.6

Dupont

6.7

W/GP/CP

5.3

MP

8.9

Col. Heig.

11.4

Palis.

4.4

ADW Per 1000 Residents

Georgetown

1.7

Dupont

1.3

W/GP/CP

0.3

MP

0.5

Col. Heig.

3.5

Palis.

0.1

Stolen Auto Per 1000 Residents

Georgetown

1.3

Dupont

3.2

W/GP/CP

1.0

MP

1.8

Col. Heig.

3.9

Palis.

0.7

Robberies Per 1000 Residents

Georgetown

1.9

Dupont

4.5

W/GP/CP

0.6

MP

2.6

Col. Heig.

6.5

Palis.

0.4

Sex Abuse Per 100,000 Residents

Georgetown

13

Dupont

9

W/GP/CP

3

MP

17

Col. Heig.

38

Palis.

5

The moral of the story: the crime areas that Georgetown is bad in are mostly preventable. Just don’t leave anything in your car (or better yet, don’t own a car) and make sure to keep your house locked at all times.

GM promises that next week he will stop trying to bum you out with crime stats. Have a safe weekend.

3 Comments

Filed under Crime

3 responses to “A Final Note on the Crime Stats

  1. This is very interesting.

  2. Pingback: The Morning Metropolitan «

  3. Pingback: Where Crime Happens in Georgetown «

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s