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Crime dropping in Philadelphia: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime dropping in Philadelphia: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on September 30, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia for the week of Sept. 19 to Sept. 25 remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were drug-related offenses and theft. Drug-related offenses fell to 200 incidents, from 222 the week before. Theft went from 523 to 503. Reports of drug-related offenses have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There was also a decrease in weapons offenses, from 60 incidents per week to 48, and in reports of vandalism, from 266 to 246 incidents.

There were eight reported arson incidents. That represents a decrease from 10 incidents the previous week. 

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of assault went from 625 to 663. Incidents of auto burglary rose from 276 to 290, and reports of rape or sexual assault went up from 30 to 43.

There were 791 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 24 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, Haddington and Richmond had the most reported incidents. Upper Kensington and Haddington were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Cobbs Creek decreased the most. Crime reports in Harrowgate also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Frankford are down considerably as well.

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

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.