Philadelphia weekly crime report: Theft continues to trend down

Philadelphia weekly crime report: Theft continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on March 15, 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 2,740 for the week of March 4, down from 3,013 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 913 incidents last week, from 1,021 the week before. Assault went from 684 to 612. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There were 91 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 110 incidents the previous week. There were also five shooting incidents.

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

There were 745 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 67 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, 326 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 372 reported arrests the week before.

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

Haddington saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Rittenhouse also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Frankford are down considerably as well.

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

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.

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