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Published on May 23, 2019
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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 872 for the week of May 13, down from 889 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were vandalism and assault. Vandalism fell to 31 incidents last week, from 41 the week before. Assault went from 197 to 189.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage decrease in shootings, from 14 incidents per week to eight.

There were nine reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 131 to 165. Incidents of burglary rose from 21 to 26, and arson went up from zero to one.

There were 443 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 33 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, 334 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 337 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, East Hills, Perry South and Homewood South had the most reported incidents last week. Homewood South was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Central Business District decreased the most. Crime reports in East Liberty also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Hazelwood are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Thursday, Saturday and Wednesday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, while incidents on Thursday and Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, evening, early afternoon and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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