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Crime in Park View Is Serious, but Not as Dire as the Washington Post Would Have You Believe

October 28, 2015

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.

Park View Violent Crime 2011 to date(Violent Crime in Park View 2011-October 2015)

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.

Park View Property Crime 2011 to present(Property Crime in Park View 2011-October 2015)

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.

Persons of Interest Sought in Colony Club Burglary

August 31, 2015

The Metropolitan Police Department released a video late Friday afternoon related to the break in and burglary of Colony Club back on August 23rd. Below is the release from the 3D listserve and the video:

The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying three persons of interest in reference to a Burglary II incident which occurred in the 3100 block of Georgia Avenue, NW, on Saturday, August 23, 2015, between 2:31 AM and 2:34 AM. The subject was captured by the building’s surveillance cameras.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.  The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Joint Community Police Meeting Tonight at 4th District Substation

August 19, 2015

mpdc-logoIf you are interested in crime and engaging the police to make the community safer, the PSA 302/409 Community Meeting is tonight, August 19, 2015. It begins at 7pm and is scheduled until 8pm. The meeting will be held at the Fourth District Substation located at 750 Park Road, NW. According to the MPD 4D listserv, the DC Housing Authority Police will be in attendance to address and answer questions concerning the Park Morton Housing Complex.

Public Safety and Violent Crime: D.C.’s Number 1 Quality of Life Issue

August 18, 2015

Having safe neighborhoods free of crime is essential if Washingtonians are to enjoy the high-quality of life everyone expects and deserves. It is essential to supporting existing and growing small businesses. It is essential to having quality parks, playgrounds, schools, and public spaces. And, it is essential as development comes to our communities and we grow as a city.

It’s high time that our leaders in the Wilson building and at 300 Indiana Avenue provide the level of support our beat officers genuinely need. Focusing on synthetic marijuana, organizing public safety walks, and disbanding MPD’s vice units fail to successfully address the rise in violent crime and homicides in our communities or to offer any long-term solution to make our streets safe. As pointed out by ANC 2F06 Commissioner Charlie Bengel as part of his 10-point crime plan, it is critically important to re-introduce district-based plain clothes vice units.

Along those lines, I believe MPD must:

  1. Bring back its district-based vice units;
  2. Solve its problem of hiring and retaining qualified and experienced officers (including a lateral hiring program); and,
  3. Empower beat officers to practice good, old-fashioned policing rather than assign them to fixed posts as is currently done.

Add to this the need to focus on the growing drug problem/trade, that being cocaine, PCP, and — along lower Georgia Avenue – heroin. We’ve confronted these problems before, and they illustrate exactly why we need dedicated vice units in every D.C. police district and experienced beat officers. Let’s also be real, these problems are not just along corridors like Georgia Avenue, but can also be found deep in our neighborhoods were used needles have been found in seemingly safe areas like the intersection of Otis and Park places, NW.

Our leaders need to be honest with themselves, and with the community. As already stated, we need the vice units re-established – but we must accept that they were disbanded (in part) to help address our shortage of beat cops. MPD’s inability to train and retain enough good officers must be addressed. Furthermore, MPD does not currently have a lateral hiring program, meaning it does not hire qualified, experienced officers from other jurisdictions. Such a policy is unacceptable. In order to maintain levels of policing that we’ve not only come to rely on, but that are critically necessary, we must be open to employing good officers regardless of where they are coming from.

As Gregg Pemberton wrote on the Police Union blog (posted on July 31, 2015):

The MPD is hemorrhaging personnel at an alarming rate. We’ve lost over 550 officers in the past 19 months. That’s more than 5 times the size of an average police department. Only about half of that number is due to retirements.” Pemberton continues, “The largest group of officers leaving [are] those with between 2 and 10 years of service.

Yes, we need a plan to address the violence that is throughout Washington right now … but if we fail to address MPD’s ability to keep experienced officers on our streets and in our neighborhoods, any plan we come up with today will not succeed in the future. Whether it’s a change in culture, a change in policies, or a change in both … the change that is needed can only come from the top. It is time for the Mayor, Chief Lanier, and our Councilmembers to honestly work together and be the change we need to live in safe, thriving communities. Now is the time to put people before politics!

Recent Crime Focus of Tonight’s Park View UNC Meeting

August 5, 2015

Tonight’s Park View UNC meeting will focus on public safety with a discussion about crime with members of the police department. The details from the meeting announcement are below:

Park View Crime Meeting

Three Shot, One Killed in Night of Violence

July 31, 2015
Nadeau on Lamont Street during public safety walk, July 20th.

Nadeau on Lamont Street during public safety walk, July 20th.

Last night, one man was shot and killed just after 9:30 near Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street — an area that has continued to see an increase in crime over the summer. Earlier this year, I worked with residents, MPD, and DCRA to board up two vacant properties that were being used as drug dens, and numerous meetings over the issue have included a Public Safety Walk by Councilmember Brianne Nadeau on July 20th.

The other two victims were shot on the 600 block of Newton Place just after 10 p.m.

Below is the account from Fox5, which also includes a few photos.

 

WASHINGTON – Three shooting incidents have left three people injured and one dead overnight in the District.

Two of those shootings occurred in the northwest off of Georgia Avenue.

The first happened just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the 3300 block of Georgia Avenue. Police say one man was killed. Officers continue to investigate and have no suspects or motives at this time.

Two men were shot on the 600 block of Newton Place just after 10 p.m. Thursday. This shooting happened just two blocks off of Georgia Avenue and blocks away from the previous shooting. One of the men was shot in the back and the other in the foot. Both are expected to survive.

Police were then called to another shooting around 12:30 a.m. Friday on the 1200 block of Delaware Avenue. Officers say an adult male suffered a gunshot to the leg and was transported to a nearby hospital.

Police have not said any of the incidents are related.

Disturbing Video of 77 Market Vandalism and Robbery

July 1, 2015

Last Saturday, June 27th, there was a horrible robbery at 77 Market located at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street, NW. I know many in the neighborhood may already know about this, but I’m sure other don’t. In reading the report and watching the video on Fox 5, this is far more disturbing that what one would normally think of with a robbery. According to the Fox 5 report:

It was caught on camera — a dangerous duo struck a Park View convenience store. But this was far from your typical stick up. There was no gun — just fury — enough to turn the store upside down. And the store’s cashier is just thankful to be alive after the close encounter.

I’ll definitely be working with Commissioner Rashida Brown and MPD to address what appears as a serious crime trend in the area. I know that for the past few months that crimes data from the DC Crime Map shows an overall increase in nearly all statistical areas. I’ve had a few leads as to why, and want to make sure that the community works with MPD to solve this persistent problem.

77 Market


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