Pittsburgh crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Pittsburgh crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on April 25, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Pittsburgh decreased slightly last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 919 for the week of April 15, down from 929 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 108  last week, from 150 the week before. Assault went from 209 to 182.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage decrease in robbery, from 12 incidents per week to five.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 16 to 27. Shootings rose from five  to 14, and vandalism went up from 31 to 35.

There were 548 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, 438 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 369 reported arrests the week before.

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

Crime in Southside Flats decreased the most. Crime reports in Homewood South also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Marshall – Shadeland are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Thursdays, Tuesdays and Fridays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Fridays and Sundays, while incidents on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and after midnight saw the most crime last week.

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