WP: 20 5th District Squad Cars Grounded
Check out this recent Post story on the temporary grounding (due to missing gas tracking keys) of 20 squad cars in the 5th District. Obviously the grounding of this squad cars (out of how many?) is more than a little troubling. When I read the article I couldn't help but think about the recent introduction of bike patrols in Trinidad. I like the bike patrols & I feel that I have generally seen more officers in Trinidad & around H Street in recent months. Do other people feel the same way? I know that some people have recently said that there seems to be an uptick in crime. We never have burglaries on Florida, but we had a fluke last month where we managed to have 3 events in one day (practically unheard of). The crimes were likely perpetrated by the same 3 individuals. They broke into a garage (& the car inside), stole a pick-up truck from behind a fire station, & cut the bars off another house trying to gain access. I also heard about a drive-by shooting near Oates & Bladensburg. Is this just the typical warm weather/summer crime escalation (or is there even an escalation)?