Philadelphia crime levels declined last month: Which offenses led the trend?

Philadelphia crime levels declined last month: Which offenses led the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on October 04, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall decline last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 3.1%, from 15,400 in August to 14,929 in September. However, looking at the broader trend, Philadelphia crime has increased from September of last year. Crime trends often contain recurring patterns, based on seasons and other local events, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

The offenses most on the decline last month were vandalism and fraud or financial crimes. Vandalism fell from 1,293 reported incidents in August to 1,151 in September, and has fallen by 121 incidents since September of last year. Fraud or financial crimes went from 872 to 796 for the month, or an 8.7% decrease. Fraud or financial crimes are down even more from a year ago.

There was also a sizable percentage decrease last month in homicides, from 31 incidents per month to 20, and in arson, from 40 to 30. Homicide reports have decreased considerably since the same month last year, while arson incidents have risen.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, assault reports went from 2,671 to 2,806. Auto theft incidents rose from 234 to 285, and burglary incidents went up from 502 to 552. Assault and auto theft incidents have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, Cobbs Creek, North Central and Upper Kensington saw the largest decline from August to September. West Passyunk, Pennypack and Lower Moyamensing also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Haverford North, and declined the most in Andorra.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Saturdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late morning continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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