Washington crime incidents up in March; theft rises, assault drops

Washington crime incidents up in March; theft rises, assault drops
Photo: iStock
By Hoodline - Published on April 05, 2019.

The number of crime reports in Washington saw an overall bump last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 1.9 percent, from 2,277 in February to 2,320 in March.

Theft and robbery incidents increased the most from the previous month. Theft rose from 1,807 reported incidents in February to 1,882 in March. Robbery incidents went from 159 to 169 for the month, or a 6.3 percent increase.

While a smaller category, it is worth noting that vandalism went from zero incidents per month to one. Vandalism reports have decreased since the same month last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, assault reports went from 142 to 126. Burglary incidents fell from 99 to 88, and shooting incidents went down from 29 to 18.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Shaw, Logan Circle and Capitol Hill saw the largest increase from February to March. Kalorama, Mount Vernon Square and Foxhall Village also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays experienced the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays while incidents on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late night and evening saw the most crime last month on average each day.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

Head to SpotCrime to get free local crime alerts in your area.

This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.