13 Days, 14 Homicides in D.C.

A headline on the DrudgeReport reads “13 Days, 14 Homicides in D.C.” and links to a Washington Post story on the subject.

It shows just how far we have come in reducing crime when this sort of crime spree is headline news.

Washington, DC averaged well more than one homicide a day in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It would almost have been news if there were as few as 14 homicides in 13 days during those years.

(Thanks to Tim Groseclose for the link.)


Max Buten

Today's Philadelphia Inquirer says that there were 185 killings in Philadelphia in the first half of 2006. That's more than one per day! Further, "Philadelphia's 380 homicides in 2005 were its most since 1997. The homicide rate per capita was the highest of the nation's 10 largest cities."

So maybe you should report on Philly's homicides, not DC's.

Here's the Inky's story:
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/15047162.htm

Adam L. Barr

Sadly, the city council has decided to increase the police force to solve the problem. I may be mistaken, but I was under the impression that this was a blip and not a long-standing trend. However, there is a real fear here in DC these days, primarily among young women. Perhaps it's a good thing to realize that the streets aren't as safe as previously thought.

pkimelma

Note that it is reported (CNN, MSNBC, etc) that crime is up all over, especially homicides. This includes a couple serial killer cases in places like Phoenix. I think many cities are worried that homicides are creeping up and not just a one time thing. This may be related to economy (gas prices) or war or gangs or whatever, but when you see a trend across the country, you have to look at it more carefully.

ERGriffin

As a resident in DC, I can say I would be happy to see an increase in the police force here. Robberies and assaults are up as well, and the stats the cops are reporting indicate that the crimes are moving. It seems the criminals who used to commit most crimes within a mile of their home neighborhood are now getting "smarter" and going to where the money is. What was thought of as safe areas such as Georgetown and the National Mall have recently seen a scary increase in crime.

m1ke

Congratulations to Sarah and Jim Brady and all the other gun control advocates in the US for making DC the violence-free paradise that it is today.

bobviegas

I don't think the mood in DC has changed much following these murders. Having been born and raised in northeastern Brazil, this hardly seems noteworthy (just this weekend, 10 people were murdered within a 12-hour span in my hometown, which is comparable in size to the DC-Baltimore metro area).

I would be curious to see a monthly comparison between the current numbers and those from a similar time period in years past. Summer's here and so are the tourists whose wallets are coveted by criminals. That would also explain the surge of crime beyond the periphery, as unfortunately, tourists are less likely to roam the more impoverished areas of the city. As alarming as the situation seems to be, I'm not sure that it warrants the fear-mongering that's been going on.

Still, these are not only statistics, they're lives cut short for trivial reasons. Hope things get better soon.

pookieme

Well, 5 have been arrested for the series of attacks on the national mall. Hopefully that will cut the crime rate.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_re_us/washington_crime_1

maria

yeah this is true but what can we do? well we can try and help , but many just don't listen.

Max Buten

Today's Philadelphia Inquirer says that there were 185 killings in Philadelphia in the first half of 2006. That's more than one per day! Further, "Philadelphia's 380 homicides in 2005 were its most since 1997. The homicide rate per capita was the highest of the nation's 10 largest cities."

So maybe you should report on Philly's homicides, not DC's.

Here's the Inky's story:
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/15047162.htm

Adam L. Barr

Sadly, the city council has decided to increase the police force to solve the problem. I may be mistaken, but I was under the impression that this was a blip and not a long-standing trend. However, there is a real fear here in DC these days, primarily among young women. Perhaps it's a good thing to realize that the streets aren't as safe as previously thought.

pkimelma

Note that it is reported (CNN, MSNBC, etc) that crime is up all over, especially homicides. This includes a couple serial killer cases in places like Phoenix. I think many cities are worried that homicides are creeping up and not just a one time thing. This may be related to economy (gas prices) or war or gangs or whatever, but when you see a trend across the country, you have to look at it more carefully.

ERGriffin

As a resident in DC, I can say I would be happy to see an increase in the police force here. Robberies and assaults are up as well, and the stats the cops are reporting indicate that the crimes are moving. It seems the criminals who used to commit most crimes within a mile of their home neighborhood are now getting "smarter" and going to where the money is. What was thought of as safe areas such as Georgetown and the National Mall have recently seen a scary increase in crime.

m1ke

Congratulations to Sarah and Jim Brady and all the other gun control advocates in the US for making DC the violence-free paradise that it is today.

bobviegas

I don't think the mood in DC has changed much following these murders. Having been born and raised in northeastern Brazil, this hardly seems noteworthy (just this weekend, 10 people were murdered within a 12-hour span in my hometown, which is comparable in size to the DC-Baltimore metro area).

I would be curious to see a monthly comparison between the current numbers and those from a similar time period in years past. Summer's here and so are the tourists whose wallets are coveted by criminals. That would also explain the surge of crime beyond the periphery, as unfortunately, tourists are less likely to roam the more impoverished areas of the city. As alarming as the situation seems to be, I'm not sure that it warrants the fear-mongering that's been going on.

Still, these are not only statistics, they're lives cut short for trivial reasons. Hope things get better soon.

pookieme

Well, 5 have been arrested for the series of attacks on the national mall. Hopefully that will cut the crime rate.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_re_us/washington_crime_1

maria

yeah this is true but what can we do? well we can try and help , but many just don't listen.