Summary Arrests

Year End 12/31/2019

Definitions | Limitations

The data below show Philadelphia totals for people arrested by local and state law enforcement agencies for ‘Summary’ offenses. Summary offenses are the lowest level of criminal offense in Pennslyvania, often refered to as ‘non-traffic citations.’ Unlike Misdemeanors and Felonies, the police in Philadelphia can arrest and charge a person for a summary offense without the intervention of the District Attorney’s Office.

  -37%

5,468 Arrests

All Offenses

  -41%

3,470 Arrests

Property Offenses

  -55%

50 Arrests

Drug Offenses

  -51%

816 Arrests

Other Offenses

All Offenses

Yearly Summary Arrests by Police District

Data: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’19
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’19 Avg
All Property Offenses 7,535 5,228 4,954 4,712 5,871 3,470 -41% 5,607 4,670 -17%
All Drug Offenses 774 643 476 221 112 50 -55% 528 81 -85%
All Other Offenses 19,524 16,826 5,891 3,224 1,676 816 -51% 11,366 1,246 -89%
Uncategorized Offenses 1,155 1,848 1,035 933 988 1,132 15% 1,243 1,060 -15%
All Offenses 28,988 24,545 12,356 9,090 8,647 5,468 -37% 18,745 7,058 -62%

Property

Yearly Summary Arrests by Police District

Data: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’19
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’19 Avg
Retail Theft 2,326 2,077 1,900 1,533 2,312 2,351 2% 1,959 2,332 19%
Theft 18 16 15 13 25 27 8% 16 26 62%
Fraud/Theft of Services 4,930 2,932 2,865 3,051 3,422 1,013 -70% 3,444 2,218 -36%
Vandalism 261 203 174 115 112 79 -29% 188 96 -49%
All Property Offenses 7,535 5,228 4,954 4,712 5,871 3,470 -41% 5,607 4,670 -17%

Drugs

Yearly Summary Arrests by Police District

Data: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’19
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’19 Avg
Alcohol Possession by Minor 276 170 134 105 45 34 -24% 171 40 -77%
Public Drunkenness 498 473 342 116 67 16 -76% 357 42 -88%
All Drug Offenses 774 643 476 221 112 50 -55% 528 81 -85%

Other

Yearly Summary Arrests by Police District

Data: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’19
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’19 Avg
Trespass 2,274 2,216 2,289 1,895 709 280 -61% 2,168 494 -77%
Disorderly Conduct 3,560 2,815 1,413 725 518 314 -39% 2,128 416 -80%
Minor Violations (Open Container, Public Urination, Smoking Violation) 13,690 11,795 2,189 604 449 222 -51% 7,070 336 -95%
All Other Offenses 19,524 16,826 5,891 3,224 1,676 816 -51% 11,366 1,246 -89%