Philadelphia crime rising: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Philadelphia crime rising: Which offenses are leading the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on September 19, 2019

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

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and fraud or financial crimes. Theft rose to 539 incidents last week, from 510 the week before. Fraud or financial crimes went from 173 to 191.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in homicides, from three incidents per week to five, and in burglaries, from 115 to 124 incidents.

There were eight reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 261 incidents of auto burglary, up from 249 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of prostitution went from 42 to four. Incidents of robbery fell from 127 to 107, and drug-related offenses went down from 236 to 218.

There were 838 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of eight 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 had the most reported incidents last week. Upper Kensington and Haddington were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Cobbs Creek experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Harrowgate also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Dickinson Narrows are up considerably as well.

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

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