Violent crime in D.C. surges in 2012

Internal police data show citywide problem

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Overall crime — violent crimes and property crimes such as burglary, theft and arson — has increased 25 percent from last year to this year.

The statistics also show that the increase in crime rates has been building steadily, making it more difficult to dismiss it as an aberration based on a small data sample.

Going back to October, overall crime is up 15 percent in the District, and violent crime is up 24 percent.

The increases trouble Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police, because of their dramatic rise and because police and government officials have underplayed them.

“It is indefensible that Mayor Gray has failed to inform the public about this crime wave,” Mr. Baumann said. “Mr. Gray was very quick to take credit for any perceived drops in crime, so now it’s time for him to take responsibility as crime is on the rise.”

In a statement issued Sunday, Gray spokeswoman Doxie McCoy said the mayor and Chief Lanier have raised public concern about the increase in robberies.

“The chief also has announced measures to address crime involving smartphones and other electronics that are driving the uptick,” Ms. McCoy said. “Mayor Gray supports and has confidence in the chief and officers as they focus in on these kinds of crimes.”

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