Philadelphia's Violent Crime Rate Surges in 2020

  • 4 weeks   ago

The city of brotherly love has been far from loving to its fellow humans in the first three months of 2020 with crime rates sky-rocketing. Philadelphia saw a double-digit rise in crime across the board with only a few areas of crime not seeing such a high growth with only rape and residential burglary seeing a fall in rate. 

The figures do not seem to have much chance of falling over the rest of the year with police in Philadelphia explaining the lockdown for COVID-19 has been increasing the rate of crime across the city.

There have been few areas of success for Philadelphia's embattled law enforcement division as it faces more calls for defunding to take place. The law enforcement division has reported it has little idea why the crime rate has been so high in most areas. The scale of the problem facing Philadelphia has been highlighted by the fact a drastic fall in crimes took place in the first week of the COVID-19 lockdown. The recent problems seen in Philadelphia are reflected in many major metropolitan centers where the pandemic lockdown and protests over the death of George Floyd have increased crime rates.

The Philadelphia Police Commissioner, Danielle Outlaw only took up her role in February 2020 and has been trying to push forward her program to cut crime rates across the city. Violent crime rates rose across the city before the implementation of her crime action plan that has been designed to address many of the issues facing the law enforcement agencies across the U.S. in the current strained climate.

The revealing of the crime action plan has taken until July 2020 to roll out and comes at a time when the calls for reform of the police are at their highest among campaigners and activists. 




There are many issues to be faced by law enforcement agencies across the U.S. with Philadelphia one of the cities hit hardest by the protests following the death of George Floyd. Looting and violent protests will all be factored into the figures for the second quarter of 2020 which could be as bad, if not worse than those published for the period through March.


The figures from the first quarter of 2020 include the first week of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown that saw a dip in crime across the board. Without the lockdown stalling, the rise in crime figures the chances are the crime problems would have been even worse with retail theft up a staggering 59 percent from January through March. Other shocking figures released by the Philadelphia Police Department included the 20 percent rise in aggravated assault charges.

In response to the rise in retail theft crimes that pushed past 50 percent as an increase in Philadelphia has been addressed as the figures have been seen and understood by the police force. 

The Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia, Brian Abernathy explained the city had worked with law enforcement to address this issue and raised the profile of officers throughout the main shopping arteries of the city. The Philadelphia Police Department decided to put more officers on patrol in these areas in a bid to limit the effects of crime on both businesses and shoppers.

The figures for violent and property crimes may have risen in the city of Philadelphia through the first quarter of the U.S. but the violence seen across the region has not yet been addressed. 

Gun violence remains the major issue outside of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, according to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. The issue of gun violence has come to the attention of the majority of residents and news outlets because of the violent July 4th weekend that has resulted in six homicides across the city already being reported. The shocking figures for the Independence Day weekend include the death of a six-year-old and a 15-year old who were just two of the six gun-related homicides in the City of Brotherly Love.

Although the attention of the new media will be on the six people killed because of gun violence, a further 20 have so far been reported as injured due to gunshots. Included in those who were injured due to gunshots was an 11-year-old girl who had her hip grazed by a shot and is in stable condition. District Attorney Larry Krasner explains the divide between law enforcement and the African-American communities continues to grow because of the tactics employed by police over the last few years. 

It’s still unknown whether Philadelphia will continue its downward trend of violence, but we remain faithful that Philly will address the issues and lower their crime rate.