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

Crime trending up in Philadelphia: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 02, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 3,408 for the week of July 21, up from 3,296 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were burglary and prostitution. Burglary rose to 143 incidents last week, from 110 the week before. Prostitution spiked from six to 36.

Among other categories, there was also an increase in arson, from three incidents per week to eight, and in robbery, from 95 to 123 incidents.

There were 267 reported auto burglary incidents last week. That represents an increase from 258 incidents the previous week. There were also 34 incidents of rape or sexual assault, up from 26 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft dropped from 523 to 475. Incidents of vandalism fell from 302 to 279, and assault decreased from 573 to 560.

There were 914 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 67 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Upper Kensington, Cobbs Creek and Haddington continued to have the most reported incidents last week. Reports of crime increased in Upper Kensington, Richmond and Harrowgate.

Crime in Mount Airy East went up the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Mill Creek also rose for a third week, and incidents in Oxford Circle are up considerably as well.

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

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

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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