Hill East Violent Crime Up Over Last Month – PSA Meeting Thursday Night

Hill East Violent Crime in Up Over Last Month – PSA Meeting Thursday Night

by Larry Janezich

Violent crime in Hill East’s PSA 108 was up during the past 30 days over the preceding 30 days as illustrated in the two crime maps below.  There were 18 incidents of violent crime most recently, compared to 11 during the earlier period.  Most of the increase came in the category of robbery with gun.

Likewise, MPD’s District One saw an increase in violent crime to 98 from 76, though there was a significant drop in property crime.  See the MPD District One crime maps below.

PSA 108 meets at 7:00pm on Thursday night, at Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Avenue, SE.  It will be the first PSA presided over by new PSA leader Acting Captain Damion Taylor.  He is expected to be accompanied by other criminal justice officials.  Taylor has been active in engaging the Hill East community on newhilleast listserv as part of a new emphasis on community policing.  Some believe that social media have made PSA meetings obsolete but it seems clear that a forum for personal engagement between police and residents is the necessary foundation both for effective community policing and effective community building.

This morning’s Washington Post featured an article by Aaron C. Davis, Peter Hermann, and Scott Clement headlined “Residents say crime is Washington’s No. 1 problem, poll finds.”  http://wapo.st/1OQnPpE

According to the article, homicides are up 58% over the same period last year though police say overall crime is down some 5% so far this year and robberies are up in certain neighborhoods.

One of those neighborhoods is Capitol Hill, and the WaPo article notes:  “In Ward 6, which encompasses most of Capitol Hill and as of last month had experienced a more than 50 percent increase in gun holdups, the poll found the biggest drop in feelings of personal safety. The share of residents feeling at least “somewhat safe” dropped from 84 to 63 percent since 2011.”

One resident interviewed for the article cited gentrification as a cause of the crime spike – another blamed a failing criminal justice system.  The article states that “Many D.C. residents see the city’s rising homicide rate as part of a larger societal phenomenon and tied in part to rising economic pressures on the city’s poorest residents.”

For access to MPD Crime Map, go here:  http://crimemap.dc.gov/CrimeMapSearch.aspx

PSA 108 Violent Crime Most Recent 30 Days

Violent Crime in PSA 108, Past 30 Days

PSA 108 Violent Crime Previous 30 Days

Violent Crime PSA 108, Previous 30 Days

District One Crime Map Most Recent 30 Days Oct 18 - Nov  17

Violent Crime in MPD District One, Past 30 Days

District One Crime Map Previous 30 Days Sept 18 - Oct  17

Violent Crime in MPD District One, Previous 30 Days

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  1. Per the Wash Post, “One resident interviewed for the article cited gentrification as a cause of the crime spike . . . .” In an odd sort of supply and demand way (when in doubt, consult Adam Smith), gentrification does provide a larger customer base, if you’ll pardon the expression, for street criminals. In the same way that cattle are a cause (cause, in the ironic sense) of rustling, branch banks (& highways) a cause of bank robberies, and malls a cause of shoplifting.

    The real question though, since close-in Capitol Hill gentrification has been going on since the 1960s, why the jump in crime in the summer & fall of 2015? Capitol Hill was plenty gentrified last year. What’s going on this year?

    You’re probably waiting for the answer. I do not have one. But if it’s not gentrification, what is it? Do not know.

    There are though, a few technological solutions. Read on.

    We used to have — I’m talking from 40 years residency in what I consider the nicest neighborhood in Washington — a plague of car break-ins. Car alarms put a serious crimp in that. It baffles me why cell phone manufacturers have not been able or willing, take your pick, to come up with a simple way to shut down a stolen phone & make it valueless. As it is, just about everyone walks around on Capitol Hill flashing, if you’ll pardon the expression, the equivalent of a couple hundred dollars in their hands. The phones get stolen.

    That said, I do commend the MPDP for its aggressive policing. It’s possible that the uptick, jump, surge — choose your noun — is the work of a small group of criminals who will soon be locked up. We shall see. Dan