Philadelphia crime trending up: Which offenses are growing most?

Philadelphia crime trending up: Which offenses are growing most?Photo: iStock
Published on October 03, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall increase for the week of Sept. 24 to Sept. 30, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 3,540 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, up from 3,376 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and vandalism. Theft rose to 549 incidents, from 503 the week before. Vandalism went from 246 to 270.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in weapons offenses, from 48 to 57 incidents.

There were 136 reported burglary incidents. That represents an increase from 125 incidents the previous week. There were also five incidents of homicide, up from three the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn, reports of assault went from 663 to 637. Fraud or financial crimes fell from 192 to 171, and auto burglary went down from 290 to 278.

There were 918 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 127 from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Upper Kensington, Cobbs Creek and Washington Square had the most reported incidents. Upper Kensington was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Cobbs Creek went up the most. Crime reports in Washington Square also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Center City are up considerably as well.

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

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