Crime going down in Pittsburgh: what's the latest in the trend?

Crime going down in Pittsburgh: what's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on June 20, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Pittsburgh 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 926 for the week of June 10, down from 985 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were vandalism and assault. Vandalism fell to 32 incidents last week, from 42 the week before. Assault went from 215 to 208.

There were 25 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 109 to 131. Incidents of burglary rose from 13 to 24, and shootings went up from 10 to 14.

There were 492 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 79 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, 373 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 440 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Central Business District, Southside Flats and Brighton Heights had the most reported incidents last week. Central Business District and Southside Flats were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Homewood South saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Knoxville also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Greenfield are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday continued to see the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday, while incidents on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and after midnight continue to see the most crime incidents.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Pittsburgh? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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