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Published on December 28, 2018
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Crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,958 for the week of Dec. 17, down from 3,213 the week before.

Assault and burglary led the decrease in crime reports. Assault fell to 630 incidents last week, from 758 the week before. Burglary went from 140 to 112.

There were four reported arson incidents last week. That represents a decrease from six incidents the previous week. There were also 132 incidents of robbery, down from 141 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 269 to 294, and shootings rose from seven to 15.

There were 400 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 55 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. SpotCrime data also indicates that 268 arrests were made last week, down from 313 arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Upper Kensington, Haddington and Cobbs Creek continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Stanton experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in University City also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Mount Airy East are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Thursdays and Mondays. Early morning, late morning and midday saw the most crime last week.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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