Washington, D.C. residents are expressing growing concerns about the city’s escalating crime rate, especially following an attempted break-in of President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi Biden’s SUV. This incident has underscored a troubling reality for many in the Democrat-controlled city: if the Biden family can be affected by crime, then no one is safe.
The District’s rising crime issue has become so severe that the Democrat Mayor declared a public emergency this week. According to police data, 2023 has seen significant increases in various crimes:
– Homicides rose by 33 percent.
– Robberies spiked by 67 percent.
– Motor vehicle thefts increased by 97 percent.
– There were at least 760 carjackings in the first ten months.
– Sixty-five percent of those arrested for carjacking are juveniles.
Another point of concern is the prosecution rate. U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves, who is tasked with prosecuting arrests made by D.C. police, has only prosecuted 56 percent of those arrested in 2023.
Residents have taken to the social media site X (formerly known as Twitter) to voice their frustrations and fears about the crime situation. One user, “Native Son,” suggested providing every black household with a federally funded armed secret service agent, reflecting on the perceived value of citizens’ safety compared to that of the President’s family.
Another account, “Capitol Hill Crime,” criticized mainstream media for only acknowledging the D.C. crime crisis after the incident involving Naomi Biden. The account highlighted the steady worsening of crime over the last five years.
Gabriel Nadales pointed out the irony that even the President’s granddaughter, who has Secret Service protection, is not immune to the city’s crime. He questioned when city officials would start taking crime seriously.
Andy Cline, a long-time District resident, remarked on the frequency of car crimes in Georgetown, where Naomi Biden resides. He noted the commonplace nature of smash-and-grab incidents, expressing surprise at not witnessing these acts more often given their frequency.
Another resident, Megan Hearst, commented on the surreal nature of living in D.C., where extraordinary events involving global affairs can occur unnoticed in everyday life.
The White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, expressed concern about the attack on the President’s family and acknowledged the broader issue of rising crime across the country. The recent incident involving Naomi Biden has brought a renewed focus and urgency to the issue of crime in the nation’s capital, prompting calls for more effective action to address this escalating problem.