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Published on February 06, 2019
Philadelphia crime drops for third month; theft continues to trend downPhoto: iStock

Crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall decline last month, for the third month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 1 percent, from 13,569 in December to 13,428 in January. Crime trends are often seasonal, and some of the most common offenses tend to decline in winter, which might partly explain the most recent downward trend.

Most types of crimes decreased this month, led by theft and assault. Theft fell from 4,915 reported incidents in December to 4,700 in January. Assault incidents went from 3,031 to 2,895 for the month, or a 4.5 percent decrease.

There were 28 shooting reports last month, and 514 robbery incidents. Shooting incidents dropped from 53 offenses the previous month, while robbery reports decreased by 44 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, burglary reports went from 599 to 610. Arson incidents rose from 38 to 47.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Northern Liberties, Lawndale and Paschall.

Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Saturdays, Mondays and Sundays, while incidents on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays went up. Late morning, midday and early afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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