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Published on October 24, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Pittsburgh saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 526 for the week of Oct. 14, up from 483 the week before.

Assault and vandalism led the increase in crime reports. Assault rose to 116 incidents last week, from 96 the week before. Vandalism went from 28 to 44.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in robbery, from 13 incidents per week to 18, and in burglary, from 21 to 23 incidents.

There were 107 reported theft incidents last week. That represents an increase from 104 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, shootings went from five to one.

There were 217 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of one 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, 151 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 146 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Central Business District, Southside Flats and Strip District had the most reported incidents last week. Central Business District and Southside Flats were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Strip District experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in East Hills also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Knoxville are up considerably as well.

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

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