As Crime Declines in Philadelphia, Some Credit Smarter Policing


Crime is declining in Philadelphia, and some credit a paradigm shift to science-based, result-oriented policing advocated by Temple University’s Center for Security and Crime Science, reports Axis Philly. The latest statistics show sharp decreases in almost every major offense, led by homicide, which is down 30 percent this year compared to the same period in 2012.

The city has seen double-digit decreases in other major crimes, including robbery and auto theft, and smaller but significant declines in such crimes as aggravated assault and burglary. At the beginning of July, of the 14 types of major crimes that police track on a weekly basis, nine were at their lowest levels in the last five years.

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