Crime Up First Half of 2011

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Now the the first half of 2011 is safely in the books, GM took a look back at the crime stats to see how we’re doing. Not so great is the answer.

There were 459 crime incidents in Georgetown and Burleith during the first half of 2011. That compares with 407 during the first half of 2010, which means crime was up 13%.

But the story gets more interesting when you look at the individual categories. In most crime was level and even down. But in one category spiked dramatically:

  • Theft
    • 2010 – 269
    • 2011 – 246
  • Robbery
    • 2010 – 27
    • 2011 – 18
  • Burglary
    • 2010 – 29
    • 2011 – 66
  • Theft F/ Auto
    • 2010 – 66
    • 2011 – 70
  • ADW
    • 2010 – 13
    • 2011 – 11
  • Sexual Abuse
    • 2010 – 2
    • 2011 – 4
  • Stolen Auto
    • 2010 – 23
    • 2011 – 22
While thefts are up a bit, burglaries skyrocketed. Here’s how it looked month-by-month:

The spike started in the spring and has been spread out pretty evenly across the neighborhood:

The one bright spot, if you can call it that, is that so far only four burglaries have been reported for July. So at the very least it appears we’ll get back down below 10 this month.

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8 responses to “Crime Up First Half of 2011

  1. dcrez

    GM,

    It’s interesting on how you’ve decided to spin the numbers. While you’re correct that burglaries are up a lot, robberies (the most serious crime listed for Georgetown) are down significantly (about 30%). You should try to be more even-handed in how you present the facts and try to emphasize the good as well as the bad.

  2. alex

    Wait a minute. Burglaries — in which criminals break into your home, possibly while you are there — more than doubled. That is alarming. The fact that robberies were down by a third is significant and law enforcement deserves credit. But, as someone whose house was broken into and whose personal belongings were stolen, I want maximum attention to the spike in burglaries and give this site great credit for helping inform the community of this trend in criminal activity.

  3. RNM

    I wonder how much the reported crimes would lower if everyone in the neighborhood did things like lock their doors, close their windows, leave front door lights on, etc… The common sense things we could do to eliminate crime by not becoming an easy mark.

    It would be interesting to know what percentage of those burglaries were of student rental properties, where unlocked front doors are all too common. Years ago, there were guys who would literally walk up and down the streets on the west side and just check front doors to see if they were open. Nothing deters someone like locking a door…not even a gun.

  4. RNM

    Actually, if you look at the dips in the burglaries they seem to coincide with both the winter break and spring break for GU. And one could make a case that the May spike coincides with the rapid turnover of student rental units and the often careless practices of new occupants that don’t all have a key yet. Just a theory…

  5. Old Georgetowner

    The other thing to remember is this: The stats for the robberies are probably pretty solid, where the burlaries are almost certainly underreported. (Ask any local security company — people lose PCs and jewelry to burglars and don’t report the crime because they think it was their fault — by not turning on the alarm system or bolting a door. And some people just don’t want to bother with the police — for instance, when a high-end bicycle was stolen from my backyard a couple months ago — the thief scaled a seven foot wall to get it — I didn’t bother reporting it.)

  6. asuka

    And what about the hate crimes? Or does DC not keep stats on “youths” who attack people, like the woman who was punched in the face right in front of her child by a group of “youths” on Wisconsin?

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