Mapping 27 Violent Crimes in Hill East in Past 30 Days

Mapping 27 Violent Crimes in or near Hill East in the Past 30 Days

15 Violent Crimes in the same areas during the same time periods in 2014

by Larry Janezich

In the past 30 days, there have been 27 violent crimes in or near Hill East. Details of these crimes have been reported elsewhere in other Capitol Hill News sources.  What is lacking is the overall scope of the problem, both in terms of its pervasiveness and location.  The following maps take a step toward addressing these issues.  The legend on the left side of the maps provide MPD definitions of what constitutes a violent crime.

Ed. Note.  Post updated at 5:00pm Thursday.  Map annotations now show the number of violent crimes in the area during the same period in 2014.  Thanks to readers for pointing out this would be helpful.

Residents can air concerns tonight (Thursday) when the ANC 6B Hill East Task Force meets at 6:30pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue Southeast.  CouncilMember Charles Allen will provide community updates and take questions from the Task Force and attendees.

As has been reported elsewhere on CHC, ANC6B Commissioner Brian Flahaven, chair of the Community Outreach Task Force, has undertaken an initiative to renew the principles of community policing by strengthening the relationship between the community and the MPD.  One of the deficiencies in the concept of community policing is the apparent total lack of participation and investment in the concept of community policing by community organizations including, Barracks Row Main Street, Capitol Hill BID, CHAMPS, Community Action Group, Community Connections, Capitol Hill Ministries, Capitol Hill Community Foundation, Capitol Hill Restoration Society and numerous smaller community organizations – not to mention Capitol Hill media organizations.  (See: “PSA Meeting Raises Question: Is Hill East Safe?” here – http://bit.ly/1IoESG)

Next:  Crime mapping for Barracks Row and H Street, NE.

Violent Crimes w/in 1500 feet of 17th and Independence in the last 30 days

Violent Crimes w/in 1500 feet of 17th and Independence in the last 30 days.  1 in same period during 2014. (click to enlarge)

Violent Crimes win 1500 feet of 17th and F in the last 30 days

Violent Crimes win 1500 feet of 17th and F in the last 30 days. 5 in same period in 2014.

Violent Crimes w/in 1500 feet of Potomac Avenue Metro in the last 30 days

Violent Crimes w/in 1500 feet of Potomac Avenue Metro in the last 30 days. 4 in same period in 2014.

Violent Crimes w/in 1500 feet of 12th and Maryland Avenue, NE in the past 30 days

Violent Crimes w/in 1500 feet of 12th and Maryland Avenue, NE in the past 30 days. 3 in same period in 2014.

Violent Crimes w/in 1500 feet of 12th and Independence, SE, in the past 30 days

Violent Crimes w/in 1500 feet of 12th and Independence, SE, in the past 30 days.  2 in same period in 2014.

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5 responses to “Mapping 27 Violent Crimes in Hill East in Past 30 Days

  1. I know these intersections well and avoid them. Both are wide streets with fast traffic, few pedestrians. Both are dark at night. Who wants to walk or bike in high traffic. 17th is an ideal get-away, three lanes of fast traffic, lots of side streets and alleys to escape into. Cars tend to speed on 17th because it’s a straight shot up hill to Indepemdemce. add traffic lights on 17tth to slow down traffic and improve street lighting on both streets.
    Seeyou at the meeting.

  2. Michael

    How do these numbers compare to the months of May and June in previous years? There’s typically a spike in crime in early summer as schools let out and weather improves (much less crime occurs when its raining or very cold out). Some context would be helpful.

  3. Arthur Delaney

    Crucial context: How different is the pattern of crime mapped here from what has happened in previous years?

  4. Shaun

    I always search Metropolitan Police dept. site which brings up the maps if you enter an address to show crime within 1000 feet of an address. My wife and I had a former house on the 900 block of East Capitol Street, SE and now live on Bay “Hill East”. The crime is the same if not more within 1000 feet of the East Capitol house than it is now. My wife read something on MOTH that questioned whether people were scared to go outside in “Hill East”. Last I checked Capitol Hill and “Hill East” are essentially the same neighborhood. The demographic is pretty similar; “Hill East” tends to get more of the bad publicity when it comes to crime. Maybe it is just the block we are on, I am not exactly sure, but I walk home from the office everyday coming from Eastern Market and I feel pretty safe. I am glad we can see what is going on in and around the entire community, but I feel like there are robberies and crime throughout the entire area of Capitol Hill, not just in “Hill East”.

  5. Around the corner

    Anybody know why assault isn’t published as a violent crime by MPD? Many violent encounters (striking from behind without weapon) not getting captured here in the absence of a theft.