Pittsburgh crime dropping: Which offenses are falling most?

Pittsburgh crime dropping: Which offenses are falling most?Photo: iStock
Published on May 02, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Pittsburgh saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 853 for the week of April 22, down from 919 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were burglary and shootings. Burglary fell to 15 incidents last week, from 27 the week before. Shootings went from 14 to 11.

There were 182 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 35 incidents of vandalism.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 108 to 141, and robbery rose from five to 14.

There were 455 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 93 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, 348 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 438 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Southside Flats, Homewood North and Carrick had the most reported incidents last week. Reports of crime decreased last week in Homewood South, Central Business District and Marshall-Shadeland.

Perry South saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Hazelwood also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Manchester are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Fridays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Sundays and Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and after midnight continue to see the most crime incidents.

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