The Philadelphia Police Department released their weekly crime statistics yesterday that showed crime in Philadelphia is up 25% in 2022 compared to this time last year. This is a staggering increase especially after 2021 was the worst year for crime in the recorded history of Philadelphia.
The mainstream media usually only covers homicides and rarely tracks or reports on other serious and violent crimes that negatively impact the quality of life of Philadelphian’s. For example, Philadelphia Police have recorded at least 2,749 robberies so far this year in the city. 1,403 of those robberies were committed with a gun. Gunpoint robberies are up 61% in 2022 compared to 2021.
City leaders will point to some successes in reducing the homicide rate by about 6% but that may unfortunately be a statistical fallacy because total shooting incidents are up 9% and total shooting victims are up 8%. This means that people in Philadelphia are opening fire more than they did in 2021, but police, EMS, and trauma teams are doing an amazon job saving their lives. More people are being shot, but thankfully those people are surviving at a higher rate.
Looking at other categories, people’s homes and businesses are also being targeted by criminals at an increased rate. There have been over 2,781 burglaries in the city. Commercial burglaries are up 53%.
In an April 2022 Pew Research Poll, 70% of Philadelphians said that they believe safety is the single most important issue facing the city. Some 63% of Philadelphia residents say that the city is “pretty seriously on the wrong track” right now. Many people believe that just because the homicide rate is down slightly, that crime is improving, but not our followers on twitter.
On June 20th, 2020 we held the below public perception pole and 89% of the respondents were correct when they answered that crime was getting worse. 9% believed crime is about the same, and just 2% believed it was getting better.
According to the above statistics from the Philadelphia Police, 2022 will be the worst year from crime in the history of Philadelphia.