Crime going up in Philadelphia: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going up in Philadelphia: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 08, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 3,558 for the week of July 28, up from 3,408 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault rose to 596 incidents last week, from 560 the week before. Vandalism went from 279 to 308.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in auto burglary, from 267 incidents per week to 293, and in arson, from eight to 12 incidents.

There were five reported homicide incidents last week. That represents an increase from three incidents the previous week. There were also 85 incidents of auto theft, up from 83 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of prostitution went from 36 to four. Incidents of burglary fell from 143 to 122, and robbery went down from 123 to 103.

There were 999 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 85 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Upper Kensington, Haddington and Cobbs Creek continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in Ogontz went up the most. Crime reports in Haddington also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Stanton are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Monday and Saturday, while incidents on Thursday and Wednesday went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and midday saw the most crime last week.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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