Is Mount Pleasant a high crime area? Is Columbia Heights a high crime area? It all depends on your point of reference. If you're comparing this area to the high-income neighborhoods west of Rock Creek Park, then sure, these are both high crime areas. If you're comparing Mount Pleasant or Columbia Heights to other inner-city, east-of-the-Park neighborhoods, then the answer for Mount Pleasant is "no, it's not", for Columbia Heights, "yes, it is".
Let's look at robbery rates -- robbery (that
is, someone confronting you personally and demanding your property,
usually with the threat of violence) being the violent crime that most
seriously threatens not only the property, but the lives,
of residents. Homicides and assaults are relatively rare, and the
majority of both involve persons known to each other. Robbery is the crime
of violence that most frequently targets innocent people on the street,
minding their own business, attacked by a stranger.
This chart shows the average rate of reported robberies -- that is, the number of robberies per 1000 population, per month, averaged over the 12 months from April 2005 through March 2006.
* The third police district (ours) has the highest robbery rate in the city. The first district is close, but that number is distorted by the huge number of people who work downtown but do not reside there (so the number of potential targets is high, but the population is not).
* The second police district has an extremely low robbery rate. People who move to Mount Pleasant or Columbia Heights from 2D, west of Rock Creek Park, will no doubt be dismayed by the crime rates in this area. Rock Creek Park serves as a strong barrier between them and the people from the poor neighborhoods who do robberies.
How about other 3D
Police Districts and PSAs
Robberies in Mount Pleasant