Area Thefts From Autos Continues to be High

Ever since the beginning of 2012, it’s been hard to easily track neighborhood crime. This is because the Metropolitan Police Department’s  DC CrimeMap application has been, and still is, off line to accommodate updates associated with the Police District and PSA realignment plan.

That said, it is still possible to get some sense of area crime by reading the daily crime reports distributed on the various MPD listservs. Also, occasionally, listserv and email chatter indicates that there are particular crimes that are still high. Even though the year is still young, there is every indication that thefts from autos is still much higher than last year. Without the DC CrimeMap up and working, it’s not possible to easily compare monthly crime stats or trends, but I’ve listed the thefts from autos I was able to find for eastern PSA 409 below.

Between January 1st and 19th, eastern PSA 409 has had 12 reported thefts from autos and 1 stolen auto.

According to MPD, they currently have officers patrolling the area, including a segway officer, a foot beat officer, and a patrol car. One thing MPD did last week that I hadn’t seen before is place copies of the fliers below on cars throughout the neighborhood attempting to get residents attention and alert them to what they can do to help reduce crime and not be a victim.

They also state that the community can also help. According to MPD, “the best way to prevent Theft from Auto is to always keep your valuables out of sight. Never leave cell phones, briefcases, suitcases, or electronic devices (IPods, Ipads, GPS, laptop computers) in your car in plain view. Take these items with you, or secure them-all the time, every time.”

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3 Comments on “Area Thefts From Autos Continues to be High”

  1. as Says:

    Interesting they all are around the Rec, Gee’s Market, and the Newton St drug market…

  2. as Says:

    Are these thefts happening during the days or nights?


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