Philadelphia crime drops for fourth month; theft continues to trend down

Philadelphia crime drops for fourth month; theft continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on March 06, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall decrease last month, for the fourth month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 13 percent, from 13,537 in January to 11,711 in February.

Theft and assault led the most recent decrease in crime reports. Theft fell from 4,733 reported incidents in January to 4,136 in February. Assault incidents went from 2,926 to 2,614 for the month, or about a 10 percent decrease.

There were 32 arson reports last month and 477 burglary incidents. Arson incidents dropped from 47 offenses the previous month, while burglary reports decreased by 136 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, shooting reports went from 28 to 32.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, Upper Kensington, Haddington and Logan saw the largest decline from January to February.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays produced the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Saturdays went up. Comparing times of day, midday, late morning and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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