Arrests

Year to Date Through 10/18/2021

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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.

  -8%

19,795 Arrests YTD

All Offenses

  -4%

5,758 Arrests YTD

Violent Offenses

  -16%

2,668 Arrests YTD

Property Offenses

  -16%

5,418 Arrests YTD

Drug Offenses

  30%

1,887 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 8,223 7,142 7,169 6,633 7,295 5,978 5,758 -4% 7,511 6,416 -15%
All Property Offenses 5,243 5,246 5,120 3,660 3,547 3,187 2,668 -16% 5,203 3,266 -37%
All Drug Offenses 12,117 10,977 12,461 11,700 11,239 6,474 5,418 -16% 11,852 8,708 -27%
All Firearms Possession 801 984 1,089 1,024 1,283 1,455 1,887 30% 958 1,412 47%
All Other Offenses 1,222 1,016 1,155 877 874 355 215 -39% 1,131 580 -49%
Uncategorized Offenses 7,462 7,088 7,375 7,456 8,184 4,144 3,849 -7% 7,308 5,908 -19%
All Offenses 35,068 32,453 34,369 31,350 32,422 21,593 19,795 -8% 33,963 26,290 -23%

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 151 138 114 139 180 206 210 2% 134 184 37%
Non-Fatal Shooting** 152 186 179 169 230 223 302 35% 172 231 34%
Rape 270 243 274 306 262 230 222 -3% 262 255 -3%
Robbery/Gun 635 614 492 380 419 297 282 -5% 580 344 -41%
Robbery/Other 1,076 869 921 796 893 606 509 -16% 955 701 -27%
Aggravated Assault/Gun 723 552 553 567 581 664 684 3% 609 624 2%
Aggravated Assault/Other 2,420 2,222 2,229 2,135 2,256 1,886 1,772 -6% 2,290 2,012 -12%
Other Assaults 2,647 2,180 2,204 1,946 2,228 1,690 1,582 -6% 2,344 1,862 -21%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 149 138 203 195 246 176 195 11% 163 203 25%
All Violent Offenses 8,223 7,142 7,169 6,633 7,295 5,978 5,758 -4% 7,511 6,416 -15%

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 759 740 703 652 701 537 727 35% 734 654 -11%
Burglary/Commercial 296 275 291 274 222 859 174 -80% 287 382 33%
Theft of Motor Vehicle Tag 5 4 8 8 5 6 3 -50% 6 6 0%
Theft from Person 42 36 40 21 22 15 23 53% 39 20 -49%
Theft from Auto 441 395 524 449 446 277 194 -30% 453 342 -25%
Retail Theft 1,784 1,789 1,669 484 293 224 246 10% 1,747 312 -82%
Theft 700 673 768 596 618 402 344 -14% 714 490 -31%
Auto Theft 593 739 577 703 717 572 665 16% 636 664 4%
Fraud/Theft of Services 506 479 403 380 395 229 267 17% 463 318 -31%
Embezzlement 117 116 137 93 128 66 25 -62% 123 78 -37%
All Property Offenses 5,243 5,246 5,120 3,660 3,547 3,187 2,668 -16% 5,203 3,266 -37%

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 4,182 3,529 4,114 4,351 4,044 1,771 1,025 -42% 3,942 2,798 -29%
Drug Sales 4,777 4,381 5,482 4,887 5,310 3,342 3,018 -10% 4,880 4,139 -15%
DUI 3,158 3,067 2,865 2,462 1,885 1,361 1,375 1% 3,030 1,771 -42%
All Drug Offenses 12,117 10,977 12,461 11,700 11,239 6,474 5,418 -16% 11,852 8,708 -27%

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 801 984 1,089 1,024 1,283 1,455 1,887 30% 958 1,412 47%
All Firearms Possession 801 984 1,089 1,024 1,283 1,455 1,887 30% 958 1,412 47%

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 743 585 725 512 461 96 11 -89% 684 270 -61%
Patronizing Prostitutes 155 165 179 117 109 41 1 -98% 166 67 -60%
Threats of Violence 324 266 251 248 304 218 203 -7% 280 243 -13%
All Other Offenses 1,222 1,016 1,155 877 874 355 215 -39% 1,131 580 -49%