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Philadelphia crime recap: Assault continues to trend down

Philadelphia crime recap: Assault continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on February 01, 2019.

Crime incidents in Philadelphia 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 2,931 for the week of Jan. 21, down from 2,996 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 610 incidents last week, from 655 the week before. Theft went from 1,060 to 1,026.

There were 11 reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 123 incidents of burglary, down from 134 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 104 to 120, and vandalism rose from 261 to 269.

There were 766 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of four 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, 346 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 331 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Upper Kensington, Cobbs Creek, and Haddington had the most reported incidents last week. Upper Kensington and Haddington were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Stanton saw the largest decline. Crime reports in North Central also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Carroll Park are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesdays, Fridays and Tuesdays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays went up. Early morning, late morning and midday saw the most crime last week.

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