Mexican consulate warns of high crime in Washington, D.C.
The city has seen a 24% increase in sex abuse incidents, a 61% hike in robberies, and an overall increase of 37% for total violent crimes.
Amid concerns of crime wave sweeping the U.S., the Mexican consulate in Washington, D.C., has warned the expat community of rising crime in the American capital.
"Attention Mexican community: The city of Washington, D.C. is experiencing a significant increase in crime in areas previously considered safe. Take precautions. In an emergency, call 911. For urgent consular assistance, dial (202) 997-0560," the consulate tweeted this week.
❗️Atención comunidad mexicana:
La ciudad de Washington, D.C. está presentando un aumento significativo de delitos en zonas antes consideradas como seguras.
Toma precauciones. En una emergencia, llama al 911. Para asistencia consular urgente, marca (202) 997-0560.#Cuidémonos
— Consulmex Washington (@ConsulMexWas) July 25, 2023
Washington, D.C., has witnessed a demonstrable uptick in crime in 2023 over the prior year. Preliminary data from the D.C. Police state that as of July 26, there have been 138 homicides, a 17% uptick from the 118 that occurred by the same date in 2022. There has further been a 24% increase in sex abuse incidents, a 61% hike in robberies, and an overall increase of 37% for total violent crimes.
During the 2022 midterms, Republican candidates attempted to make an issue of rising crime across the nation, though many were unable to cross the finish line on such messaging.
Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.