Here's a breakdown. These figures are percent change from (2007-2008) to (2008-2009). These are yearly figures compared, so you get an idea of
EDIT: You can get an idea of crimes that have occured in the past two years. I am by no means a statistical expert. I am an expert in saying "crime has not decreased since 2007."
For Police Service Area 304, which encompasses the area between 16th St. and Georgia Ave, Florida Ave. and Harvard St:
Sex Abuse: -62%
Robbery (no gun): +12%
Robbery (gun): +6%
Assault w/Dangerous Weapon (no gun): +20%
Assault w/Dangerous Weapon (gun): +75%
Total Violent Crime: +10%
For Police Service Area 302, which is between 16th St. and Park Pl., and Harvard St. and Rock Creek Park:
Sex Abuse: -23%
Robbery (no gun): +25%
Robbery (gun): +14%
Assault w/Dangerous Weapon (no gun): -13%
Assault w/Dangerous Weapon (gun): -53%
Total Violent Crime: +5%
In both PSA 302 and 304, violent crime is up. Homicides are up. Assault with Dangerous Weapon is down. I don't know if that's because of better policing, or that the shooters are more accurate and have turned more ADWs into homicides. Sex abuse is down across both PSAs. That's good too. Plus one for Law and Order: SVUMPDC. But PSA 302 is in bad shape. And now, you've got figures and not just a blogger making unfounded assertions.
Look at those stats for PSA 302 and tell me if a rowhouse for half a million is a "Good Deal or Not."
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