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Philadelphia crime recap: Theft and burglary drop

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 2,820 for the week of Feb. 25, down from 3,010 the week before.

Theft and burglary led the decrease in crime reports. Theft fell to 972 incidents last week, from 1,086 the week before. Burglary went from 129 to 106.

There were five reported arson incidents last week. That represents a decrease from eight incidents the previous week. There were also 628 incidents of assault, down from 645 the week before.

There were 750 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of eight 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, 342 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 327 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 Cobbs Creek were at the top of the list the previous week, as well.

Richmond experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Upper Kensington also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Mayfair are down considerably, as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Tuesdays, Mondays and Wednesdays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Fridays, Sundays and Saturdays, while incidents on Wednesdays and Tuesdays went up. Comparing times of day, late morning, midday and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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