Gun robberies down 40% from 2016
With the year almost a quarter over, D.C. police crime statistics for 2017 show one particularly sharp departure from those for the same period last year.
Compiled police figures show a drastic decline in robberies of the most menacing kind: those that involve guns.
Last year, according to police, 304 gun robberies were reported from the start of the year through March 25.
This year, statistics for the same period show 177 such robberies.
The decline is a little more than 40 percent.
Armed street robberies are considered one of the best barometers of public safety and of the perception of safety.
No explanation was immediately available for the dramatic reduction.
The change is considerably steeper than the decline seen in reported robberies in which a gun was not involved, although those also have declined substantially.
Through the first 12 weeks of 2016, 398 robberies were reported in which a gun was not involved, the figures show.
In the first 12 weeks of this year, the number was 300, a decline of around 25 percent.
Sex abuse is another category of violent crime in which this year’s figures have fallen well below those of the same period last year.
The number of sex abuse incidents reported last year through March 25 was 77, according to police statistics.
This year, the figure was 54 during the same period, a decline of about 30 percent.
Those declines, in robberies and sex abuse incidents, have contributed to a significant reduction in total reports of violent crime, from 1,289 to 991, or about 23 percent.