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Crime dropping in Washington: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime dropping in Washington: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on December 17, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Washington decreased slightly last week, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 675 for the week of Dec. 8, down from 687 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and burglary. Theft fell to 304 incidents last week, from 318 the week before. Burglary went from 28 to 19.

There were 233 reported auto burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 234 incidents the previous week. There were also 45 incidents of auto theft.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 40 to 47. Incidents of assault rose from 20 to 25.

As far as where crime is concentrated in 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.

Dupont Circle saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Downtown also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Columbia Heights are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sunday, Friday and Monday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Saturday and Friday, while incidents on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and midday continue to see the most crime incidents.

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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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.