Pittsburgh crime declining: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Pittsburgh crime declining: Which offenses are leading the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on June 06, 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 875 for the week of May 27, down from 941 the week before.

Theft and shooting led the decrease in crime incidents. Theft fell to 129 incidents last week, from 143 the week before. Shootings went from 14 to 10. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage decrease in vandalism, from 41 incidents per week to 38.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 186 to 207. Incidents of burglary rose from 22 to 30, and robbery went up from 19 to 21.

There were 439 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 77 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, 329 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 403 reported arrests the week before.

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

Carrick saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Southside Flats also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Central Northside are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Thursday and Saturday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, while incidents on Saturday and Monday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, after midnight and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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

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