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

Crime rising in Philadelphia: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on December 10, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 2,968 for the week of Dec. 1, up from 2,782 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and burglary. Theft rose to 646 incidents last week, from 551 the week before. Burglary went from 105 to 145. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There was also a sizable percentage increase in arson, from four incidents per week to 11, and in robbery, from 89 to 120 incidents.

There were 558 reported assault incidents last week. That represents an increase from 554 incidents the previous week. There were also 244 incidents of auto burglary, up from 217 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of drug-related offenses went from 168 to 146. Incidents of vandalism fell from 265 to 249, and disorderly conduct went down from 26 to 15.

There were 410 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of six 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, Cobbs Creek 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 The Hunting Park went up the most. Crime reports in Overbrook also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Elmwood are up considerably as well.

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