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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • GM’s not really sure where to start with this one. Apparently a British newspaper wrote an article about the concept of shoplifters using Twitter to organize flash mobs to descend on a store, overwhelm the staff, and make off with some merchandise. But to do this, they (remember “they” is a British newspaper, which generally covers, you know, British or important international news) discuss a recent shoplifting episode at Victoria’s Secret in our little Georgetown. The mob that descended? Four people, with two baby carriages. Four people apparently is British for “mob”.
  • As expected, the Georgetown Post Office is not among those in DC being considered for closing. The USPS, however, is still planning on selling the property to EastBanc, but the post office functions will remain.

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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
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    The Morning Metropolitan

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    Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

    • Fascinating story from a Fourth of July in Georgetown, a long, long time ago.
    • Don’t forget the Rose Park farmers market today.

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    The Morning Metropolitan

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    Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

    • A lot of the “date rape” drug was just delivered to the name and address of an ex-Georgetown student. Frequently fake names are used by drug smugglers to avoid the cops.
    • On a cheerier note: Don’t forget the massive water balloon fight at the waterfront on Sunday!

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    ANC Round-Up: Summer’s Here Edition

    Last night the ANC met for its June session. It retreaded on some familiar ground,  but there was enough new stuff to keep it from “Groundhog Day” territory.

    Crime:

    Sgt. Hedgecock gave his ordinary presentation on the state of MPD activity in Georgetown. It contained the normal reminders to keep your eyes open and to make sure not to keep your doors unlocked. But then he reported on a rather alarming crime. Apparently on May 22nd, a woman was picked up by a cab from the corner of Prospect and Wisconsin. But the cab driver drove the cab to somewhere other than where the woman wanted, and then proceeded to sexually assault her. This may be related to an earlier assault that originated in Dupont. Police have a lookout for a 30-40 year old middle eastern man driver a dark colored taxicab, not that that’s particularly helpful, but you ought to keep your eyes out for suspicious acting taxicab drivers.

    O & P Streets:

    The ANC gave a quick update on the O & P Streets construction. Apparently Washington Gas has had to extend its construction footprint due to the nature of their conversion to a high-pressure system. Also worth noting is that the project has its own PR firm and a website. So you don’t need to come to interminable community meetings to keep up to date. Finally, if you live along the construction and want the water pipe replaced between your house and the street, you need to reach out now.

    Capital Bikeshare:

    Chris Holben, DDOT’s CaBi director, spoke before the ANC about the two new proposed Georgetown stations: on P north of Rose Park and in the Long and Foster parking lot. The ANC is opposed to the north Rose Park location (they prefer the south end of Rose Park along M St.) and don’t necessarily oppose the Long & Foster location, but would prefer a station at Hyde-Addison. Holben said he’d take another look at those two locations, but made no promises.

    Better news: Holben announced that on top of the 25 more stations that DC is adding soon, Tommy Wells has added $2 million to the budget for station expansion, which will result in 40 addition stations beyond the 25. This will mean a total of over 160 stations in the District (plus dozens more in Virginia). So even if Georgetown isn’t 100% happy with this next expansion, there will be more bites at the apple. Continue reading

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    Poor MPD Response Cited in Recent Break In

    GM got a tip yesterday from a Georgetown resident. He reported to GM that the apartment building he lives in near 30th and P was subject to repeated intrusions recently by a suspicious individual. Specifically, severally nights ago a man was harassing women outside the building. A resident broke up the incident and no police were called.

    However, last night the same individual gained entry into the locked building and was walking the hallways loudly banging on the doors. Soon thereafter it was discovered that the mail from the mail boxes was tampered with and destroyed.

    A call was placed to MPD. But it took the police 40 minutes to respond. The officers were rude and dismissive of the complaints and claimed that no crime had taken place. They doubted the severity of the harassment and told the residents that maybe next time they should just call the post office. They grudgingly searched the premises and then left without taking any statements from the residents. All in all, a rather poor response in GM’s opinion.

    The one bright note: residents contacted the CAG safety patrol officer (via their block captain), who came immediately to the location and stayed there until the police arrived.

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    The Morning Metropolitan

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    Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

    • Awful, awful story from yesterday. A 22 year old employee at Billy Martins was killed by an SUV-driver in a hit and run on Key Bridge (the driver was later arrested on I-66). The victim has a very young son. Billy Martin’s is gathering a fund to help the victim’s family (GM learned of this at last night’s ANC meeting, and he didn’t manage to write the victim’s name down.) Please reach out to the restaurant to pitch in to this worthy cause.
    • Big Planet Comics store building is on the market. No word whether they’re getting kicked out. GM hopes they can stick around.

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    Looks Like Somebody Didn’t Get Their New Year’s Smooch

    From MPD2d:

    On Friday, December 31, 2010, at 11:50 p.m. a Simple Assault/Domestic Violence offense occurred in the 3200 block of M St., N.W. (PSA 206) and was subsequently reported to the MPD.

    The victim reported that he and his girlfriend were having a verbal dispute. The dispute turned physical when his girlfriend began to punch, knee and kick him. The victim sustained defensive injuries to his left hand and bruises to his neck. The MPD was summoned and arrested the suspect. This is a closed case.

    And with that, crime in Georgetown closed out its 2010 numbers. And what did they look like? Sort of a mixed bag really.

    • Total crimes: 880 (down 4.76%)*
    • Categories up in 2010:
      • Stolen Autos up 10.53%
      • Robberies up 26.83%(!)
      • ADW up 48%(!!)
      • Sexual Assault up 200%(!!!)
    • Categories down in 2010:
      • Thefts down .18% (there was only one less theft in 2010)
      • Burglary down 12.2%
      • Car Break-ins down 36.67%

    In fairness, some of these percentages are getting skewed by how low the numbers are.  But they are troubling nonetheless. GM will dig in a little more to the numbers over the next week or so, so stay tuned!

    *Interestingly, at the ANC meeting Luitenant Hedgecock stated that crime in Georgetown (i.e. PSA 206) was down 6%, so either he’s got different stats than GM or someone’s math is wrong.

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