Violent crime in Georgetown increased by 42% last year. As the attached table shows, sex abuse, assault with a dangerous weapon, and robbery crimes all rose. While burglary crimes did decrease, that decline was offset by a big jump in motor vehicle crimes, up almost 70%. See the table below for a more detailed report on crime in Georgetown last year.
Given ongoing crime in Georgetown, CAG and MPD have tips to help keep you and your property safer this year:
- If possible, do not walk alone during the evening and night hours.
- Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
- Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Don’t stop to talk to strangers.
- Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
- Do not leave your vehicle running unattended, even for 20 seconds.
- Lock your car, and do not keep a valet key inside it.
- Remove anything of value (even coins) from your car, or keep items hidden in the trunk. Purses, backpacks, and bags are prime targets.
- Check that the windows and doors of your house are secure at all times.
- Never leave your purse: in the cart at the supermarket or department store; on the floor next to your chair; hanging from the back of your chair, or on the chair next to you in restaurants or on public transportation, or in an unattended desk at work.
- Leave exterior lights on at night using a timer.
- Install a peep-hole on your front door.
- Wear only one earbud when listening to music or messages so you can still hear what is going on around you. Pay attention to your surroundings.
If Someone Tries to Rob You:
- Don’t resist. Give up your property—don’t give up your life.
- Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.