Crime in D.C. dropped in 2022
Crime in the District decreased last year — homicides, included.
Driving the news: Violent crime dropped 7% in 2022 compared to 2021 and property crime decreased by 3%, according to MPD.
By the numbers:
- Assault with a dangerous weapon: ⬇️ 17% decrease
- Sex abuse: ⬇️ 13% decrease
- Homicide: ⬇️ 10% decrease
- Burglary: ⬇️ 10% decrease
Yes, but: For the second year in a row, D.C. exceeded 200 murders.
- Plus, certain crimes saw increases: Robberies (⬆️ 2%), car thefts (⬆️ 8%), and carjackings (⬆️ 14%). (Read more about the latter below.)
Zoom out: Violent crime has decreased in most parts of D.C. compared to five years ago. Wards 4, 6, and 7 had the biggest drops.
- Ward 3 in Upper Northwest is an outlier, with a slight uptick last year compared to 2017.
What we’re watching: Police say at least five children have been shot in D.C. this year already.
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