Ward 1 Council Member Jim Graham called The Post's City Desk yesterday to talk about a story that was stripped across the District's metro section Sunday morning.
Posties Allison Klein and Dan Keating reported that burglaries are up 21 percent in the city, and police believe that some of it is related to the economy's downward spiral. Thieves are walking off with whatever they can grab then fleece, often with the benefit of never having to encounter anyone during the crime. Police report that most of the burglaries are occurring during the day when residents are not home.
Graham is concerned because Ward 1 has its share of those burglaries.
First, he wanted to note that several months back police district boundaries had changed, pushing Dupont Circle from the third district into the second. He's right about that.
Anyway you cut it though, as the map shows, there's no getting around the fact that Graham's constituents face many break-ins.
"We still have a very high number of burglaries," Graham said. "No question about it, but it's not quite as high because of that boundary change.... I think boundaries are important."
The rise in burglaries he said, also make the case for more patrols.
"Burglaries really underscore the need for a police presence," he said. "Because the more police we have...the less this is likely to happen."