Pittsburgh weekly crime report: Theft and vandalism rise

Crime incidents in Pittsburgh saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 706 for the week of Jan. 28, up from 692 the week before.

The overall increase in crime reports was led by theft and vandalism. Theft rose to 118 incidents last week, from 67 the week before. Vandalism went from 19 to 41.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in assault, from 122 incidents per week to 139, and in robbery, from 11 to 13 incidents.

There were 20 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also four shooting incidents, up from three the week before.

There were 371 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 79 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, 267 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, was down from 353 reported arrests the week before.

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

Southside Flats experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Oakland also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Bloomfield are up considerably, as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Mondays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Thursdays and  Fridays went down. Late afternoon, after midnight and early morning saw the most crime last week.

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