Pittsburgh/ Crime & Emergencies
AI Assisted Icon
Published on October 03, 2019
Pittsburgh crime declining: Which offenses are dropping most?Photo: iStock

The number of crime incidents in Pittsburgh saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 561 for the week of Sept. 23, down from 585 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were burglary and vandalism. Burglary fell to 16 incidents last week, from 31 the week before. Vandalism went from 37 to 31.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in robbery, from 15 incidents per week to 13, and in shootings, from 10 to nine incidents.

There were 131 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 134 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 93 to 124, and arson rose from zero to one.

There were 236 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 29 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, 171 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 168 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Shadyside, Oakland and Knoxville had the most reported incidents last week.

Southside Flats saw the largest decline. Crime reports in the Central Business District also fell for a second week, and incidents in East Hills are down considerably as well.

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

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

Head to SpotCrime to get free local crime alerts in your area.

This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.