Pittsburgh crime rising: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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

The number of crime incidents in Pittsburgh saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,145 for the week of Sept. 9, up from 980 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and robbery. Assault rose to 246 incidents last week, from 178 the week before. Robbery went from nine to 27. Reports of assault have continued to grow for the last three weeks.

There was also an increase in theft, from 155 incidents per week to 171, and in burglary, from 36 to 43 incidents.

There were five reported shooting incidents last week. That represents an increase from four incidents the previous week. There were also 38 incidents of vandalism.

There were 615 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 57 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 444 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 427 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Central Business District, Carrick and Mount Washington had the most reported incidents last week. Central Business District was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Carrick went up the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Central Business District also rose for a second week, and incidents in Mount Washington are up considerably as well.

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

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