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Report: Northeast Capitol Hill Has Biggest Gun Crime Spike in D.C.

by Jared Holt — August 6, 2015 at 11:05 am 1,068 4 Comments

D.C. gun crime map (Image via District, Measured)The northeast Capitol Hill area has seen the District’s largest uptick in crime involving guns this year, a new report shows.

The region, which includes NoMa and the H Street corridor, had 69 gun crimes from Jan. 1 to July 31, according to a District, Measured report released yesterday. The sum is more than double the 32 gun crimes during the same period last year.

The southeast Capitol Hill region, except for Navy Yard, also has seen a jump in gun crime.

The area, which includes Hill East, Barracks Row and Eastern Market, had 41 gun crimes from Jan. 1 to July 31, the report shows. The tally is more than double the 17 gun crimes during the same period last year.

Aside from the northeast Capitol Hill area, only the Brightwood Park, Petworth and Crestwood neighborhoods had more gun violence than the southeast Capitol Hill region.

The spike is gun crime is not unique to these neighborhoods. Data shows that crimes with guns have increased 20 percent throughout the District. Out of 39 neighborhood clusters reviewed by District, Measured, 22 of them saw an increase in gun crimes.

Navy Yard and Southwest are among the neighborhoods that haven’t experienced an influx in gun violence this year, according to the report.

Southwest had 12 gun crimes from Jan. 1 to July 31. During the same period last year, it had 20 such crimes.

Navy Yard had two gun crimes from Jan. 1 to July 31. The neighborhood had three such crimes during the same period last year.

Image via District, Measured

  • Concerned Resident

    EXTREME SARCASM ON: All of these guns are registered so tracking down the owner(s) should be easy right?? EXTREME SARCASM OFF.

    I’m so glad I am unable to obtain a CCW in my own neighborhood because I can’t demonstrate “proper reason”. Quote from the application: “…the fact that you live in a high crime area shall not by itself establish a good reason to fear injury to yourself or your property for the issuance of a CCW”. Not saying more self-defense weapons in residents hands are the ultimate answer. Given the vacuum of nothing being done to stem the crimes (at least affecting the increasing rate), at least it’s something to deter.
    What’s going to be the excuse for this round of data points (synthetic pot again)? Guess they will hold another meeting…which should be held between the hours of 0800 and 2200 because the streets are not safe after that.

  • Omar

    Not all of the gun crimes are reported because some individuals take the initiative to retaliate on their own at a later date rather than deal with or involve the police.

  • AR

    Capital Hill needs a thorough Rudy Giuliani treatment, clean up H Street for real..Yes, I said it and mean it, I lived in NYC through it and New York is a better place because of it. Let’s be honest, most people don’t really care about the history and cultural significance of the H Street Corridor, otherwise corners like the one around the Rite Aid at 8th and H wouldn’t be such hell holes. When are all the restaurants/bars/shops really moving in en mass, (and staying) along with the promised extra police presence and a BID? The “new and improved H Street” wreaks of failure and is just a hotbed of robbery until there is a serious crackdown.. To insure your safety, don’t be out in a “hot spot for young nightlife” after 10:00 PM, what a joke.

    • AR

      Oh, I stand corrected, Hill Now posted that the “Head Shop’s” sales are up this year! That’s great, just the commerce the neighborhood definitely needed.. That’s a sure sign of turnaround..

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