as a new home owner i am interested in the safety of my new 'hood. i found this site from the metro police department (for some reason that is with the DC police call themselves). super interesting! you can enter an address or intersection; school/site; or police area and it maps out the crimes that have taken place during the last year -- but only up to a 1 mile radius.
this is what it looks like around eastern market. i selected to see the burglaries... but you can see murders, sexual assault, armed robbery with a gun, armed robber without a gun, auto theft, etc. ... since i have many friends thinking of buying a house soon. and because i want them all to move near me, i encourage you to check this out.