Philadelphia crime: Which offenses are on the rise?

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

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia for the week of Sept. 10 to Sept. 16 remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

The offenses that increased the most were auto burglary and assault. Auto burglary rose to 276 incidents, from 249 the week before. Assault went from 602 to 625. Reports of assault have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in auto theft, from 79 incidents per week to 91, and in fraud or financial crimes, from 173 to 187 incidents.

There were 10 reported arson incidents. That represents an increase from eight incidents the previous week. There were also 125 incidents of burglary, up from 115 the week before.

Among the offenses that saw a downturn, reports of prostitution went from 42 to four. Drug-related offenses fell from 236 to 222, and alcohol-related offenses went down from 43 to 36.

There were 815 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 15 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 had the most reported incidents. 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 Stanton also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in North Central are up considerably as well.

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

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