Gun rob­beries down 40% from 2016

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

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.

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