Crime & Congregations….

The population of Washington DC is around 592,000.  (and there are an estimated 12,000 homeless).

According to the DC MPD website there have been  127 homicides since January 1st 2009  (to  Friday 11/19). 

On top of those Homicides there have been  6,529  "Violent Crimes"  which cover Sexual Attacks, Assault with a weapon, Assault without a weapon and Robbery (against a person).

In addition there have been  23,718  "Property Crimes"  a group which includes Burglary/Theft,  Stolen Auto and Arson

Those are pretty shocking figures!!

Recently on a walk along 16th Street I was amazed at the number of churches in a 2 or 3 mile stretch -  many different denominations.   




I guess having all these churches does not make all of us more law abiding or likely to follow the Ten Commandments. 

If you can't make it to church the bus will come and get you:  


More churches around my area (by no means an exhaustive list): 




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26 responses

  1. i was living in d.c. and in the last 15 years there has been a large migration of people from detriot,chicago,boston, inside the beltway there is just some places you don't go to anymore,its sad that its being allowed to happen to the nations capital.

  2. You can follow the Ten Commandments to a tee and still assault people with deadly weapons, so long as you don't accidentally kill them. Incidentally, you can still steal, so long as you don't covet your neighbor's ass.

  3. All the different architecture is interesting Emjay.I am tempted to make a comment about religion, but a very wise Vox neighbour of mine a few weeks ago suggested the inadvisability of going down that road 🙂

  4. Do you not just say a few hail Mary after you confess and then your free to sin again until next confession! What a great amount of different and unique church structures, but it is sad to see all the figures and how each year they get worste not better!

  5. And this was such a small section of DC! I was surprised at how many there were in just that 3-4 mile stretch of 16th Street NW. I think there were about 30. As it was a Sunday most of them had services – it would be interesting to go back and see how many I could see the interiors of. I found a website where you can find churches listed for different states. I counted 566 for DC but I know I missed some due to having to work at the same time! 🙂

  6. ….still assault people with deadly weapons, so long as you don't accidentally kill them. LOL – I recently saw a website that had the number of gunshots per Ward (according to triangulation systems around the District and reports to MPD. It was many multiples higher than the number of actual gunshot murders so I think people are abiding by your creed…..

  7. I wonder what the population of St Louis is …. the usual way (that I've seen) to compare murder rates is per 100,000 so DC is currently running at about 21.45 per 100,000. (for a totally useless comparison the entire state of New South Wales – my home state Australia – was 1.1 / 100,000 for 2008).

  8. Yes there is a lot of poverty in DC – you just don't see it when the cameras don't move much past the White House. • Nearly 1 out of 5 (19.1%) of DC residents live at or below the poverty line, making DC the jurisdiction with the 3rd highest poverty rate in the nation. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey) • DC is the jurisdiction with the highest child poverty rate in the United States, with more than 3 out of 10 children—32%—living in poverty, compared with 12% in Maryland and 13% in Virginia. 17% of DC’s families live in poverty, compared with 6% of Maryland’s families and 7.4% of Virginia’s families. (National Center for Children in Poverty: Low-Income Children in the United States: National and State Trend Data, 1995-2005; U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey)

  9. That was a very wise person GOF …. I've since discovered that there are > 566 churches in DC! Perhaps my next mission should be to document all the different architectures. It is interesting to me that some buildings don't fit the "traditional" sense of what a church looks like.

  10. My God can beat up your God… LOL – probably. Just because you go to church doesn't mean anything is actually sinking in. Very, very true. I went to all my Math(s) classes and not much sunk in there…

  11. Yeah – I love how unique some of them are. We have a preconceived idea of what a church looks like and there are many variations from that here. LOL – you are correct about the Hail Mary's ..!!

  12. Ooops – I used "useless comparison" carelessly here! – I think I meant that it was "useless" because I was comparing a place where guns are basically illegal to a place where they are available. I should've said "interesting" …..

  13. What is skewing the crime statistics in DC is the tourist trade. In 2008, DC had 16.6 million visitors to a city of 591,833, or 28 tourists for every inhabitant. Compare that to New York City, which had 47 million tourists to a city of 8,214,426 for a ratio of 6 tourists to every inhabitant.Because tourists are only there for a short time and are frequently distracted by other things, they make easy marks for crime. And, unfortunately, that includes a lot of violent crime. New Orleans has much the same problem, especially now that its judicial system is so overworked.John

  14. Poverty and addiction are often two contributing factors involving theft and robberies and in some cases, violent acts. If DC is like Florida and like NYC, there are probably a lot of mentally ill people, many living on the streets, that are not likely to be selected for employment (or kept by employers) and have no access to quality treatment. Who knows how many of them have conditions which trigger violent tendencies?What's the suicide rate there?

  15. DC has very draconian gun laws that deters the average citizen from self protection. It seems there is a relationship between gun restrictions and high crime rates. However, DC is not alone. Every major city in the United States is governed by the same people, more or less, and have the same problem. Crime and poverty.

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