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Philadelphia crime declining: Which offenses are leading the trend?

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,382 for the week of Aug. 4, down from 3,558 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by drug-related offenses and auto burglary. Drug-related offenses fell to 162 incidents last week, from 214 the week before. Auto burglary went from 293 to 256.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in burglary, from 122 incidents per week to 94, and in rape or sexual assault, from 29 to 17 incidents.

There were five reported arson incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 12 incidents the previous week. There were also 570 incidents of assault, down from 596 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of weapons offenses went from 39 to 52. Incidents of auto theft rose from 85 to 92, and prostitution went up from four to nine.

There were 1,020 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 21 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Upper Kensington, Cobbs Creek and Haddington continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in Oxford Circle decreased the most. Crime reports in Haddington also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Ogontz are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesday, Friday and Thursday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, while incidents on Friday, Sunday and Thursday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late morning and evening saw the most crime last week.

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

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