Pittsburgh crime rising: Which offenses are rising most?

Pittsburgh crime rising: Which offenses are rising most?Photo: iStock
Published on May 31, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Pittsburgh 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 939 for the week of May 20, up from 872 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by robbery and vandalism. Robbery rose to 19 incidents last week, from nine the week before. Vandalism went from 31 to 41.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage increase in shootings, from eight incidents per week to 13.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 165 to 143. Incidents of burglary fell from 26 to 22, and assault went down from 189 to 186.

There were 515 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 72 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, 402 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 334 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Central Business District, Carrick and Southside Flats had the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in Carrick went up the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Central Business District also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Southside Slopes are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesday, Thursday and Monday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Sunday and Friday, while incidents on Saturday, Thursday and Wednesday went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, evening and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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