Washington, D.C./ Crime & Emergencies
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Published on July 23, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Washington saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 679 for the week of July 14, up from 473 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and auto burglary. Theft rose to 333 incidents last week, from 221 the week before. Auto burglary went from 149 to 194 incidents.

There was also a sizable percentage increase in robbery, from 23 incidents per week to 58, and in burglary, from 11 to 18 incidents.

There were 22 reported assault incidents last week. That represents an increase from 18 incidents the previous week. There were also four incidents of homicide, up from three the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Anacostia, Eckington and Capitol Hill had the most reported incidents last week. Anacostia and Capitol Hill were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Eckington experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Anacostia also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Columbia Heights are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Monday, Sunday and Wednesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, evening and late night saw the most crime last week.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Washington? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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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