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District Crime Data at a Glance

2018 Year-to-Date Crime Comparison*

As of November 15, 2018

The statistics below reflect the data entered into MPD's records management system (Cobalt) as of 12 am on the date above. The homicide numbers are based on numbers submitted by the Homicide Branch.

Offense 2017 2018 Percent Change
Homicide 101 145 44%
Sex Abuse 266 260 -2%
Assault w/ a Dangerous Weapon 1,633 1,470 -10%
Robbery 1,906 1,783 -6%
Violent Crime-Total 3,906 3,658 -6%
Burglary 1,335 1,240 -7%
Motor Vehicle Theft

2,109

2,159 2%
Theft from Auto 8,983 9,952 11%
Theft (Other)

12,810

12,490 -2%
Arson 5 3 -40%
Property Crime-Total 25,242 25,844 2%
All Crime-Total 29,148 29,502 1%

 

2017 Year End Crime Data*

Year-end 2017 data accurate as of January 2, 2018.

Offense 2016 2017 Percent Change
Homicide 135 116 -14%
Sex Abuse 347 296 -15%
Assault w/ a Dangerous Weapon 2,277 1,858 -18%
Robbery 2,983 2,183 -27%
Violent Crime-Total 5,742 4,453 -22%
Burglary 2,126 1,526 -28%
Motor Vehicle Theft 2,700 2,425 -10%
Theft from Auto 12,178 10,288 -16%
Theft (Other) 14,570 14,510 -0%
Arson 6 4 -33%
Property Crime-Total 31,580 28,753 -9%
All Crime-Total 37,322 33,206 -11%

As part of a recent data quality audit, the Metropolitan Police Department determined that our summary crime statistics were not capturing a small proportion of property crimes since the deployment of our new Records Management System in August 2015. These specific crimes were reported through the Office of Unified Communications’ (OUC) Telephone Reporting Unit (TRU) and crime categories impacted were: Theft; Motor Vehicle Theft; and Theft from Auto. Please note that this technical issue did not affect the handling of these cases as they were regularly transferred to MPD detectives for investigation and follow-up. The Department has corrected this technical issue, and the summary crime statistics presented here as well as on the public crime mapping website reflect this update.

Recovered Firearms

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1,919 1,938 1,330 2,178 1,706 1,870 2,191

20-Year Homicide Trend

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
116 135 162 105 104* 88 108 132 144 186

*The citywide 2013 homicide statistics include the 12 victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting incident that occurred on September 16, 2013.
 

2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998
181 169 196 248 248 262 232 242 241 260

 


*These statistics reflect crime reports entered or migrated into the MPD Records Management System (Cobalt) as of 12 am of the report date. These numbers are based on DC Code Offense definitions and do NOT reflect Part I crime totals as reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) or National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The statistics for this report are based on the various tables from the data warehouse as of the current refresh date. This report should be considered ‘preliminary’ in nature. The reports are subject to change due to subsequent determinations related to amendments in classification, unfounded cases or changes in offense definitions.