Philadelphia crime recap: Theft rises, arson drops

Philadelphia crime recap: Theft rises, arson drops
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By Hoodline - Published on March 21, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia 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 3,016 for the week of March 11, up from 2,844 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. Theft rose to 989 incidents last week, from 937 the week before. Assault went from 646 to 689.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in shootings, from seven incidents per week to 12, and in robbery, from 116 to 135 incidents.

There were 277 reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents an increase from 262 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of arson went from nine to seven, and burglary fell from 93 to 91.

There were 816 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 42 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, 322 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 340 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Upper Kensington, Frankford and Cobbs Creek had the most reported incidents last week. Upper Kensington and Frankford were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Harrowgate saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Wissinoming also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Rittenhouse are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Mondays, Thursdays and Tuesdays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays, while incidents on Fridays went down. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, early morning and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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