Crime declining in Philadelphia: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime declining in Philadelphia: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on November 20, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia decreased slightly last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,866 for the week of Nov. 10, down from 2,900 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were assault and robbery. Assault fell to 498 incidents last week, from 558 the week before. Reports of robbery went from 115 to 79.

There was also a decrease in drug-related offenses, from 190 incidents per week to 167, and in weapons offenses, from 58 to 50 incidents.

There were 245 reported auto burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 259 incidents the previous week. There were also five incidents of homicide, down from six the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 220 to 264. Incidents of rape or sexual assault rose from 16 to 37, and domestic offenses went up from six to 19.

There were 437 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of five 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 Frankford had the most reported incidents last week. Upper Kensington and Cobbs Creek were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Olney saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Logan also fell for a third week, and incidents in Mount Airy West are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Monday, Friday and Thursday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, while incidents on Saturday, Friday and Monday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, midday and evening 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.

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