Posted on January 4, 2022

2021 Wraps up as One of DC Region’s Most Violent Years in Ages

John Domen, WTOP, January 1, 2022


Rising murder rates in 2020 were only a harbinger of an even worse 2021 in some parts of the region. In the District, the 20% increase in murders between 2019 and 2020 was capped off with another 15% increase in 2021 as the city soared past 200 homicides in one calendar year.


The region also saw a big jump in the number of stolen cars and carjackings reported in 2021. Hundreds more cars were taken last year compared to 2020. In DC, nearly 10 cars get stolen every day on average. In Prince George’s County, on top of an increase in stolen cars, carjackings were also noticeably up in 2021, with almost one per day on average.