Crime levels went up last month in Washington: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime levels went up last month in Washington: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 15, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Washington saw an overall increase last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 5.6%, from 2,412 in March to 2,548 in April. This month’s increase in crime incidents puts the monthly total at about 6.3% above the same month a year ago. Crime trends often contain recurring patterns, based on seasons and other local events, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

The offenses most on the rise last month were theft and auto theft. Theft rose from 1,125 reported incidents in March to 1,182 in April, and has grown by 132 incidents since April of last year. Auto theft incidents went from 145 to 197 for the month, or about a 35% increase. Auto theft reports are also slightly up from a year ago.

In somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in assault, from 90 incidents per month to 141, and in homicide, from nine to 15. Assault reports have decreased considerably since the same month last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, auto burglary reports went from 786 to 762. Burglary incidents fell from 101 to 88. However, auto burglary and burglary incidents have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Anacostia, Eckington and Stadium-Armory. Mount Pleasant, Petworth and Takoma Park also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Capitol Hill, and declined the most in Fort Totten-Upper Northeast.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Saturdays, Fridays and Sundays went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late night and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents 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.

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