Crime in Park View Is Serious, but Not as Dire as the Washington Post Would Have You Believe
Yesterday, the Washington Post published an article titled Living with a Surge in Violence and the Fear that Comes with It which focused on recent crime in Park View and how some in the community are thinking — and mobilizing — to engage and deal with the issue of crime in the community.
There are some things that the article gets right — such as how gun violence impacts the entire community, not just residents on one street or in a certain section, but everyone. There are also some things the article could do a much better job on — such as going out on a limb to suggest that what was experienced in Park View this year was either unique, or worse than other parts of D.C. With regards to gun violence, there were communities ripped apart this summer. I’m happy to report that Park View was not among them. Yes, we have genuine public safety issues and need to continue to organize, work with MPD and each other, and advocate for the level of public safety every neighborhood deserves. But from a long-view perspective — and as I told the article’s author DeNeen L Brown over a month ago — compared to where crime was in this community even seven years ago, Park View has come a long way in becoming a much safer place.
To add some much needed perspective that the Washington Post failed to do, I went to the DC Crime map and pulled the statistics for both violent and property crime from the period 2011 to present (please note, the data for 2015 is still lacking November and December since they are in the future). I chose a geographic area that is 1,500 ft. around the intersection of 6th Street and Newton Place, which has always worked well for me. Below are the results graphically.
The first chart shows violent crime. The good news is that robberies are down in general. Robberies with a gun are down from their 2012 high of 23 to 4 this year. Robberies without a gun are down from their 2013 high of 52 to 27 this year. Assaults with a gun appear to be on a general rise and there needs to be some work there, and we definitely can’t take our eyes of homicides or sexual assaults, both of which are fairly stable and relatively few over the span examined.
Property crime, though not as scary, has always been a huge issue in the neighborhood. Happily, theft from autos is finally coming down. This was a huge problem, with a high of 276 incidents in 2014 to 197 so far this year. Theft in general has been rising steadily since 2011 and we should all be vigilant on this one and be aware of our surroundings. Burglary and stolen autos also may show some improvement this year over years past.
Overall, these numbers do show that we have much work to do to improve our public safety in Park View … but don’t entirely support the dire picture that the Washington Post attempted to paint of the neighborhood on their front page.Explore posts in the same categories: Crime comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.