Arrests

Year to Date Through 04/12/2021

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The data below show Philadelphia totals for people arrested by local and state law enforcement agencies for different offense types. The facts associated with each arrest are submitted to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO). The DAO then determines which charges to bring.

  -20%

7,078 Arrests YTD

All Offenses

  -14%

1,935 Arrests YTD

Violent Offenses

  -8%

879 Arrests YTD

Property Offenses

  -31%

2,010 Arrests YTD

Drug Offenses

  108%

863 Arrests YTD

Firearms Possession

All Offenses

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
All Violent Offenses 2,670 2,346 2,360 2,264 2,421 2,260 1,935 -14% 2,459 2,220 -10%
All Property Offenses 1,653 1,737 1,684 1,347 1,364 953 879 -8% 1,691 1,136 -33%
All Drug Offenses 4,387 4,170 4,152 4,284 4,221 2,901 2,010 -31% 4,236 3,354 -21%
All Firearms Possession 246 340 335 349 434 415 863 108% 307 515 68%
All Other Offenses 454 309 286 234 326 211 78 -63% 350 212 -39%
Uncategorized Offenses 2,419 2,430 2,408 2,430 2,725 2,063 1,313 -36% 2,419 2,133 -12%
All Offenses 11,829 11,332 11,225 10,908 11,491 8,803 7,078 -20% 11,462 9,570 -17%

Violent

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Homicide 54 52 46 49 67 61 80 31% 51 64 25%
Non-Fatal Shooting** 32 73 57 45 95 72 96 33% 54 77 43%
Rape 80 80 90 109 96 78 69 -12% 83 88 6%
Robbery/Gun 257 250 180 139 130 172 132 -23% 229 143 -38%
Robbery/Other 340 280 306 272 272 253 173 -32% 309 242 -22%
Aggravated Assault/Gun 235 165 164 186 181 219 231 5% 188 204 9%
Aggravated Assault/Other 725 651 726 692 720 654 570 -13% 701 659 -6%
Other Assaults 901 753 718 700 763 684 524 -23% 791 668 -16%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 46 42 73 72 97 67 60 -10% 54 74 37%
All Violent Offenses 2,670 2,346 2,360 2,264 2,421 2,260 1,935 -14% 2,459 2,220 -10%

Property

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Burglary/Residential 243 210 196 212 262 197 161 -18% 216 208 -4%
Burglary/Commercial 74 67 111 93 79 81 62 -23% 84 79 -6%
Theft of Motor Vehicle Tag 3 1 2 1 1 0 2 Inf% 2 1 -50%
Theft from Person 10 10 9 6 7 9 4 -56% 10 6 -40%
Theft from Auto 143 117 121 110 185 91 80 -12% 127 116 -9%
Retail Theft 564 638 601 292 118 104 85 -18% 601 150 -75%
Theft 208 181 270 199 222 142 141 -1% 220 176 -20%
Auto Theft 195 271 203 264 279 190 219 15% 223 238 7%
Fraud/Theft of Services 170 200 121 133 158 108 116 7% 164 129 -21%
Embezzlement 43 42 50 37 53 31 9 -71% 45 32 -29%
All Property Offenses 1,653 1,737 1,684 1,347 1,364 953 879 -8% 1,691 1,136 -33%

Drugs

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Drug Possession 1,472 1,304 1,305 1,633 1,566 957 443 -54% 1,360 1,150 -15%
Drug Sales 1,720 1,652 1,778 1,778 1,896 1,468 1,041 -29% 1,717 1,546 -10%
DUI 1,195 1,214 1,069 873 759 476 526 11% 1,159 658 -43%
All Drug Offenses 4,387 4,170 4,152 4,284 4,221 2,901 2,010 -31% 4,236 3,354 -21%

Firearms

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Illegal Firearms Possession 246 340 335 349 434 415 863 108% 307 515 68%
All Firearms Possession 246 340 335 349 434 415 863 108% 307 515 68%

Other

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Prostitution/Sex Work 321 162 181 148 195 77 0 -100% 221 105 -52%
Patronizing Prostitutes 35 57 28 5 16 39 1 -97% 40 15 -62%
Threats of Violence 98 90 77 81 115 95 77 -19% 88 92 5%
All Other Offenses 454 309 286 234 326 211 78 -63% 350 212 -39%