MPD Second District Crime Down
Overall crime in the Second Metropolitan Police District dropped by 10 percent in February, including a 28 percent decline in thefts from auto as compared to the same period in 2013.
Vehicle thefts, however, rose markedly, jumping 88 percent over the same 30 day period. Captain Melvin Gresham speaking at the February 26 Citizens Advisory Council (CAC-2D) meeting said the spike in stolen autos was likely attributable to the recent cold snap. Seeking to warm their vehicles before heading out in below freezing weather, drivers have left their cars running with the keys in them, creating easy targets for would be thieves.
Captain Gresham reminded CAC members that leaving an unattended vehicle running can result in a $100 fine and a towed car. So residents have two more reasons to keep their cars off and locked.
Total violent crime also increased by 24 percent over February 2013. The increase was due to a rise in simple assaults, mostly weekend altercations at clubs along the Connecticut Avenue corridor near Dupont Circle.
Complete crime statistics for January 26 to February 25, 2014 are available here.