Arrests

Year to Date Through 08/02/2021

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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.

  -5%

14,788 Arrests YTD

All Offenses

  0%

4,270 Arrests YTD

Violent Offenses

  -20%

1,940 Arrests YTD

Property Offenses

  -9%

4,133 Arrests YTD

Drug Offenses

  69%

1,462 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 6,064 5,238 5,250 4,902 5,388 4,287 4,270 0% 5,517 4,712 -15%
All Property Offenses 3,748 3,766 3,758 2,750 2,621 2,438 1,940 -20% 3,757 2,437 -35%
All Drug Offenses 9,151 8,326 9,099 8,733 8,647 4,545 4,133 -9% 8,859 6,514 -26%
All Firearms Possession 562 693 771 753 949 865 1,462 69% 675 1,007 49%
All Other Offenses 908 731 772 592 688 291 153 -47% 804 431 -46%
Uncategorized Offenses 5,456 5,087 5,445 5,351 6,106 3,160 2,830 -10% 5,329 4,362 -18%
All Offenses 25,889 23,841 25,095 23,081 24,399 15,586 14,788 -5% 24,942 19,464 -22%

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 101 113 83 100 126 142 160 13% 99 132 33%
Non-Fatal Shooting** 114 133 140 116 174 142 223 57% 129 164 27%
Rape 205 184 202 227 213 158 181 15% 197 195 -1%
Robbery/Gun 470 454 382 280 273 249 211 -15% 435 253 -42%
Robbery/Other 784 615 656 564 647 452 352 -22% 685 504 -26%
Aggravated Assault/Gun 554 395 424 438 429 450 513 14% 458 458 0%
Aggravated Assault/Other 1,754 1,619 1,628 1,568 1,689 1,351 1,296 -4% 1,667 1,476 -11%
Other Assaults 1,975 1,628 1,595 1,453 1,659 1,225 1,186 -3% 1,733 1,381 -20%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 107 97 140 156 178 118 148 25% 115 150 30%
All Violent Offenses 6,064 5,238 5,250 4,902 5,388 4,287 4,270 0% 5,517 4,712 -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 533 512 491 467 508 387 537 39% 512 475 -7%
Burglary/Commercial 199 172 208 207 163 774 130 -83% 193 318 65%
Theft of Motor Vehicle Tag 3 2 6 6 3 6 3 -50% 4 4 0%
Theft from Person 32 26 22 12 19 13 10 -23% 27 14 -48%
Theft from Auto 300 278 358 302 340 211 154 -27% 312 252 -19%
Retail Theft 1,330 1,310 1,272 417 205 163 159 -2% 1,304 236 -82%
Theft 494 481 567 428 463 291 268 -8% 514 362 -30%
Auto Theft 423 542 437 543 549 387 476 23% 467 489 5%
Fraud/Theft of Services 350 364 293 291 280 160 185 16% 336 229 -32%
Embezzlement 84 79 104 77 91 46 18 -61% 89 58 -35%
All Property Offenses 3,748 3,766 3,758 2,750 2,621 2,438 1,940 -20% 3,757 2,437 -35%

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 3,206 2,616 2,943 3,242 3,162 1,209 819 -32% 2,922 2,108 -28%
Drug Sales 3,562 3,305 3,989 3,651 4,038 2,403 2,249 -6% 3,619 3,085 -15%
DUI 2,383 2,405 2,167 1,840 1,447 933 1,065 14% 2,318 1,321 -43%
All Drug Offenses 9,151 8,326 9,099 8,733 8,647 4,545 4,133 -9% 8,859 6,514 -26%

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 562 693 771 753 949 865 1,462 69% 675 1,007 49%
All Firearms Possession 562 693 771 753 949 865 1,462 69% 675 1,007 49%

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 550 387 488 333 380 77 1 -99% 475 198 -58%
Patronizing Prostitutes 121 137 98 77 74 39 1 -97% 119 48 -60%
Threats of Violence 237 207 186 182 234 175 151 -14% 210 186 -11%
All Other Offenses 908 731 772 592 688 291 153 -47% 804 431 -46%