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Published on January 24, 2019
Pittsburgh crime recap: Assault continues to trend downPhoto: iStock

Crime incidents in Pittsburgh saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 784 for the week of Jan. 14, down from 816 the week before.

The offense that decreased the most was assault, which fell to 146 incidents last week, from 175 the week before. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There were two reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 123 to 143. Incidents of vandalism rose from 18 to 32, and burglary went up from 14 to 16.

There were 427 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 42 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 325 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 402 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Central Business District, Southside Flats, and Knoxville had the most reported incidents last week. Central Business District and Southside Flats were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Hazelwood saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Arlington Heights also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Shadyside are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Fridays, Thursdays and Tuesdays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Mondays and Saturdays, while incidents on Wednesdays, Fridays and Tuesdays went up. Evening, late afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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