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District of Columbia Crime Statistics

This page contains crime numbers for District of Columbia. You can take a look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime figures over time, and see how District of Columbia compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for District of Columbia, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 395,550 total crimes reported in District of Columbia (86,610 of them violent). Of the 39,555 crimes that happen every year in District of Columbia, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in District of Columbia every 13 minutes. This includes 2,154 murders, 2,174 rapes, and greater than two hundred and sixty-five thousand thefts (including 77,938 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in District of Columbia for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in District of Columbia has lessened by 8%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 1%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 10 years in District of Columbia. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to thirty-five thousand for District of Columbia in 2009.

Crime Trends in District of Columbia (1999-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like District of Columbia (1999-2008)

Users are warned against reading into ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a given location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or variations in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual chart bars to see crime numbers in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

District of Columbia law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The FBI has noted the following deviations from their data quality guidelines:

  • In 1999-2001, includes offenses reported by the Zoological Police.
  • In 2002-2008, includes offenses reported by the Zoological Police and the Metro Transit Police.
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