Washington crime trending up: Which offenses are rising most?

Washington crime trending up: Which offenses are rising most?
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By Hoodline - Published on July 19, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Washington saw an overall increase for the week of July 11 to July 17, for the second week in a row, according to CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 484 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, up from 473 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were auto burglary and robbery. Auto burglary rose to 162 incidents, from 149 the week before. Robbery went from 23 to 29. Reports of auto burglary have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There was also a notable percentage increase in burglary, from 11 incidents per week to 15, and in assault, from 18 to 21 incidents.

There were three reported incidents of rape or sexual assault. That represents an increase from two incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn, reports of auto theft went from 46 to 39. Incidents of theft fell from 221 to 214, and homicide went down from three to one.

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

Crime in Eckington went up the most. Crime reports in Anacostia also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Chevy Chase are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Sunday and Wednesday had the most crime incidents. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday, while incidents on Tuesday, Friday and Thursday went down. Comparing times of day, late night, evening and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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

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