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Posted on: May 11, 2023

In April, 10 people reported being robbed at gunpoint close to the Mall at Prince George’s, most of them near ATMs, according to weekly crime digests published by the Hyattsville Police Department (HPD).

The prior three months, from January through March of this year, 10 private citizens were robbed at gunpoint in Hyattsville, along with four businesses, according to the HPD’s most recent quarterly report

This is a large increase compared to the first three months of 2022, when guns were used in only one commercial robbery and one robbery of a private citizen, according to the same report.

More than half of the 264 crimes that the HPD reported in the first three months of 2023 occurred in Ward 3, which contains the Hyattsville Crossing Metro station, the Mall at Prince George’s and Northwestern High School. Out of 130 total thefts, 81 were in Ward 3. 

The number of vehicles stolen in Hyattsville in the first three months of 2023 doubled compared to the same period in 2022, rising from 32 to 67, according to the quarterly report

Total annual car thefts rose to 116 in 2022, up from 90 in 2021, according to the HPD’s 2022 annual report. 

The number of homicides and residential burglaries remains low; the HPD reported one homicide in the first three months of 2023 — the same as in 2022 — and three residential burglaries — compared to seven in 2022.

Since Feb. 1, the HPD has been posting weekly crime digests that describe victim’s crime reports and interactions with the police. All digests can be found on the HPD Facebook page, and the most recent weekly digest is on the HPD website.

In February 2022, the HPD stopped maintaining a database on its website that showed the nature and location of all crimes reported in Hyattsville since 2016. However, the HPD website now links to a searchable interactive crime map at cityprotect.com.

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