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 03, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Philadelphia saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 2,721 for the week of Nov. 24, up from 2,640 the week before.

Drug-related offenses and vandalism led the increase in crime incidents. Drug-related offenses rose to 165 incidents last week, from 138 the week before. Vandalism went from 236 to 261.

There was also a notable percentage increase in reports of disorderly conduct, from 16 to 26 incidents.

There were 215 reported auto burglary incidents last week. That represents an increase from 206 incidents the previous week. There were also four incidents of homicide, up from three the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 117 to 105. Alcohol-related offenses fell from 58 to 50, and assault went down from 540 to 532.

There were 405 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 19 from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Upper Kensington, Richmond and Rittenhouse 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 Logan Square went up the most. Crime reports in Cobbs Creek also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in the Strawberry Mansion are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesday, Monday and Tuesday continued to see the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Friday, Wednesday and Saturday, while incidents on Thursday, Monday and Tuesday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late morning and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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