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 December 17, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,907 for the week of Dec. 8, down from 3,046 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 533 incidents last week, from 583 the week before. Vandalism went from 256 to 213. Reports of vandalism have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There was also a sizable percentage decrease in burglary, from 145 incidents per week to 115, and in arson, from 11 to nine incidents.

There were 243 reported auto burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 246 incidents the previous week. There were also 119 incidents of robbery, down from 122 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of drug-related offenses went from 147 to 169. Incidents of auto theft rose from 99 to 112, and alcohol-related offenses went up from 48 to 52.

There were 382 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 50 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, Washington Square and Richmond had the most reported incidents last week. Upper Kensington and Richmond were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Cobbs Creek decreased the most. Crime reports in University City also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in the Hunting Park are down considerably as well.

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