Pittsburgh crime increasing: Which offenses are growing most?

Pittsburgh crime increasing: Which offenses are growing most?Photo: iStock
Published on June 13, 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 982 for the week of June 3, up from 875 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and robbery. Assault rose to 214 incidents last week, from 207 the week before. Robbery went from 21 to 25. Reports of robbery have continued to grow for the last three weeks, while assault incidents have been increasing for the last two weeks.

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

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 129 to 109. Incidents of burglary fell from 30 to 13, and shootings went down from 10 to nine.

There were 571 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 132 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, 440 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 329 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Central Business District, Homewood South and Southside Flats had the most reported incidents last week. Central Business District was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Homewood South saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Central Business District also rose for a third week, and incidents in Southside Flats are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Thursday, Friday and Tuesday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increases from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, while incidents on Monday and Saturday went down. Comparing times of day: evening, after midnight and late afternoon 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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