Philadelphia weekly crime report: Theft drops, arson rises

Philadelphia weekly crime report: Theft drops, arson rises
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By Hoodline - Published on February 20, 2019.

The number of 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 2,675 for the week of Feb. 11, down from 3,225 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 960 incidents last week, from 1,138 the week before. Assault went from 715 to 610.

There were 102 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 130 incidents the previous week. There were also six shooting incidents, down from nine the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of arson went from seven to 10.

There were 667 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 152 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, 285 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 364 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Richmond, Cobbs Creek, and Haddington had the most reported incidents last week. Cobbs Creek was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Upper Kensington decreased the most. Crime reports in Frankford also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in West Oak Lane are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Fridays, Wednesdays and Thursdays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Mondays and Sundays, while incidents on Fridays went up. Comparing times of day, midday, late morning, and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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