Philadelphia crime going down: Which offenses are dropping most?

Philadelphia crime going down: Which offenses are dropping most?Photo: iStock
Published on October 11, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall downturn last week after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,418 for the week of September 30, down from 3,540 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and weapons offenses. Theft cases fell to 509 incidents last week, from 549 the week prior. Weapons offenses went down from 57 to 24.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in auto burglary, from 278 incidents per week down to 266, and in offenses involving children, from 11 to nine incidents.

There were 270 reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 41 incidents of alcohol-related offenses.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault increased from 637 to 685. Fraud or financial crimes rose from 171 to 188, and auto theft cases went up from 87 to 102.

There were 797 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 121 from the previous week. Other crimes include 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 last week. Upper Kensington and Cobbs Creek were also at the top of the list the previous week.

Washington Square experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Mill Creek also fell, after increasing the week prior, and incidents in the Strawberry Mansion are down considerably, as well.

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

Want a longer-term view of crime in Philadelphia? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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