Citizens and Police Cooperating for Near Northeast and the H Street NE Corridor.

Burglaries Jump in PSA 102


MPD statistics show PSA 102 has experienced a spike in burglaries during the period May 1 through June 5, 2007. The geographic area reported 35 burglaries compared to 12 during the same period last year, according to MPD numbers.

The following maps from MPD classify the burglaries by location, as well as the method. According to MPD, these burglaries happened throughout the day. Some were reported as early as 5 a.m. and others as late as 1 a.m. Click to enlarge either map.



MPD says it is allocating appropriate resources to the address the trend. More will be discussed during the June 12 PSA 102 meeting (7 p.m. at Sherwood Rec Center, 10th and G Streets NE).

More importantly, however, you can help reduce chances a burglar will target your home or neighborhood. According to MPD, take a look at your home from the outside, and keep in mind the following tips to help make your home as safe as it can be:

* Burglars hate bright lights. Install outside lights and keep them on at night. Motion-detector lights can be particularly effective.

* Keep your yard clean. Prune shrubbery so it doesn’t hide windows or doors. Cut back tree limbs that a burglar could use to climb to an upper-level window.

* If you travel, create the illusion that you are at home by getting timers that will turn lights (and perhaps a television or radio) on and off in different parts of your home throughout the day and evening hours. Lights burning 24 hours a day signal an empty house.

* Leave shades, blinds, and curtains in normal positions. And make sure you don’t let your mail and/or newspapers pile up. Call the post office and newspaper to stop delivery or have a neighbor pick them up.

* Make a list of your valuables, such as VCRs, stereos, computers, and jewelry. Take pictures of the items, list their serial numbers and description. This will help police if your home is burglarized.

* Ask your District police station for a free home security survey.

* When getting work done on your vehicle, leave only the vehicle key for the service personnel. The same goes for car park attendants and valets.

* If you are having work done on your vehicle, give the service station your business address – not your home address.

* Call 311 to report a description of any unfamiliar people or vehicles—even ones posing as workers.

For more safety tips, visit the MPD website.

Join your neighbors and MPD officers in promoting the community policing process. We plan to distribute PSA 102 resource flyers and talk with residents about becoming more aware and involved in Police Service Area (PSA) 102 activities.

To participate, simply join us at the posted assembly locations anytime between the scheduled distribution times.

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (or until flyers run out)
TARGET AUDIENCE: New York Ave Metro station commuters who live in PSA 102

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (or until flyers run out)
TARGET AUDIENCE: Union Station Metro commuters who live in PSA 102
BLOCK CAPTAIN: Roger Mattioli

Plans also are to distribute flyers near 10th and K Streets NE. Contact PSA 102 Volunteer Citizen Coordinator David Klavitter (; phone: 202-547-5745) if you'd like to be a Block Captain and lead the communication effort in your neighborhood.

About volunteer coordinators:

  • Klav
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