Pittsburgh week in crime: Theft down by half as incidents drop for third week in a row

Pittsburgh week in crime: Theft down by half as incidents drop for third week in a rowPhoto: iStock
Published on January 31, 2019

Crime incidents in Pittsburgh saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 691 for the week of January 21, down from 784 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 66 incidents last week, from 143 the week before. Assault went from 146 to 122. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

There were three reported shooting incidents last week. That represents a decrease from four incidents the previous week. There were also 11 incidents of robbery, down from 14 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 16 to 20.

There were 450 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 23 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, 353 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 325 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Central Business District, Brighton Heights, and Carrick had the most reported incidents last week. Central Business District was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Homewood West experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Oakland also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Bloomfield are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Thursdays, Fridays and Wednesdays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Fridays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Sundays and Thursdays went up. Evening, late afternoon and after midnight saw the most crime last week.

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