Crime & Safety

Related:  DCSafetyNet is a website devoted to concerns about violent crime in DC.


Please help the police and the community by reporting all crimes and suspicious activity.

Call 911 to report crimes in-progress or emergencies.  (About 911)

Use the MPD Online Reporting Tool to make reports that do not require a police officer to witness or take the information from you, such as for the following types of incidents:

  • Lost property
  • Lost vehicle tags
  • Theft / theft from auto (EXCEPT for theft of checkbook, debit, credit card, social security card, in which case you should call 911)
  • Destruction of property
  • Damage to property

DC Police Tip Lines and Hot Lines


Capitol Hill is in the First District of the Metropolitan Police ( and served by the First District Substation (500 E Street, SE;  (202) 698-0068).

Roster of key personnel in the First District

First District Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) 

The CAC provides the First District Commander with information and recommendations from the community on public safety problems and police service needs in the entire First District (which includes more than the Capitol Hill neighborhoods). Regular CAC meetings allow residents to meet and discuss police-related issues with the Commander. The meetings also provide an opportunity for police officials to assess the impact of their crime-fighting efforts on the community.

Capitol Hill Police Service Areas

Capitol Hill is divided into several Police Service Areas (PSAs). See map below for boundaries. Each PSA has a team of police officers and officials assigned to it and each generally holds community meetings once a month to discuss crime concerns and provide updates at the neighborhood level. To find out when and where the PSA for your area meets, contact the District Lieutenant assigned to your PSA, identified in the Roster linked to above.

PSA Boundaries:

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Neighborhood Watch is a community-based crime prevention program where neighbors look out for each other’s safety, property and homes in a systematic and sustained way. It is based on the idea that when residents, businesses, clergy, police and other partners look out for the safety of the neighborhood, establish and maintain open lines of communication, and collaborate to resolve problems of crime and disorder, they create safer, friendlier and healthier neighborhoods.

More information about the Neighborhood Watch Program is available at  You can also send an email to or call (202) 698-0289.

DC Police Neighborhood Watch Manual  Click here


DC’s Private Security Camera Incentive Program

Home Surveillance Camera Recommendations


To combat robberies in the District, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has designated three Exchange Zone areas to serve as a safe place for residents and visitors to exchange and complete transactions of online purchases.

  • Third District station at 1620 V St., NW
  • Sixth District station at 5002 Hayes St., NE
  • The Harbor Unit at 550 Water St., SW

* Officers in the stations will not mediate between sellers and buyers, and will not stand guard during a transaction. However, there will be armed officers in the stations and the front desks are staffed at all times.

For more information, go to


DC Police Tips (PDF)

Package Theft:  See this website at


Police Service Area (PSA) Meetings

MPD First District Listserv

Crime Alerts

Crime Statistics and Data