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February Crime Report for 15th District PSA1

The crime rate in PSA1, which includes Frankford/Northwood and Bridesburg, showed little change over past years for February.

There were two homicides however.  Arrests have already been made in the one on Penn Street on February 20th.  Excellent work by the officers who responded who located a video of the crime within 20 minutes of when the victim was found.  That provided the homicide detectives with a starting point which lead to the two suspects’ apprehension.

The date provided by OpenDataPhilly comes right from the police department and includes a category called “recovered stolen vehicles”.  I have backed that number out of the total because if the vehicle was stolen it is already reported under that category and it makes no sense to report it again.  Follow this link to a complete report on the details of the crimes including locations.

The weather has been warm and according to criminologists and common sense, that influences the crime rate.  We have made an attempt to correlate crime with weather in the chart below.  Looking at the average mean temperature for each month you can see that February of 2015 was the coldest February in the last 3 years.  February of 2014 was warmer and February of 2016 was the warmest.  The crime rate follows the same pattern.  Thanks to Jamie Fader.

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Crime Soars Upward in May

The crime report for May (includes Frankford and Bridesburg) is finally in and it’s not good.  Total incidents was 213 which is the highest it has been in the 6 months we have been tracking it.  Average per day was 7.1.  The only good news is that there is a seasonal increase in crime.  Everybody like good weather, even the criminals.

Compared to May of 2014 its not far off.  The other good news is that there were no homicides.  Details are below.  (Thanks to Jamie Fader from Temple’s Department of Criminal Justice for enlightening me on the seasons of crime.)

Dec-14 Jan-15 Feb-15 Mar-15 Apr-15 May-15 May-14
Aggravated Assault Firearm 5 12 2 8 5 5 8
Aggravated Assault No Firearm 17 11 12 19 14 26 25
Burglary Non Residential 4 5 3 3 4 11 7
Burglary Residential 14 15 9 17 19 12 31
Homicide 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
Homicide – gross negligence 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Motor Vehicle Recovery 26 15 16 29 24 32 21
Motor Vehicle Theft 13 16 11 4 5 8 11
Rape 7 4 2 3 4 5 0
Robbery Firearm 22 12 13 11 8 8 9
Robbery no Firearm 6 17 13 12 20 19 9
Theft 49 36 32 45 37 78 61
Theft from Vehicle 21 19 9 17 17 9 23
Total 184 163 123 171 157 213 206
days 31 31 28 31 30 30 30
Average per day 5.9 5.3 4.4 5.5 5.2 7.1 6.9
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EPIC Stakeholders September Meeting

The Northeast EPIC Stakeholders met on Thursday, September 25th at Second Baptist Church.

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Jamie Fader

First off was Jamie Fader, Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Temple.  She has been making the rounds of community meetings in Frankford, trying to get to know the neighborhood.  She explained that her interest is a study project that she will conduct in Frankford.  She wants to make contact with men aged 25 to 24 for an interview.  It is a long term study but participants will be compensated with a $50 gift card for the interview.  Referrals will be compensated with a $24 gift card.  If you are interested in participating in the study or would like more information, email her at or call 215.870.2821.

Captain McCloskey of the 15th police district, spoke to the group about the increase in violence over the last two months. There have been 6 homicides and 19 shootings during that time period.  He said the 30 new cops assigned to the district have already helped in reducing the job backlog.  He has used some of them to start up foot patrols again on Frankford Avenue in problem areas.  He also said that he needs and additional 15 to 20 new officers and some cars to put them in to get the crime situation district wide under control.

He brought up an interesting issue that he has encountered in his work.  Returning offenders have a very difficult time finding work even in the best of economic times and these are not the best.  Some of these people turn back to the drug trade because they have no other way of making money.  He proposes that it might make sense for the government to provide incentives for employers to hire these folks to give them a chance to stay straight.

Tony Burton gets the guys talking.

Tony Burton gets the guys talking.

Lt. Tony Burton, head of PSA1 in the 15th district, took the opportunity of finding a group of teenaged males in the audience to go one on one with some of them to get their questions about whatever was on their mind.    At first they were reluctant to talk but Burton got them going and talked about the issues related to the police and the youth of the community.

Once again the culinary crew of the Second Baptist provided a delicious dinner.

The next EPIC meeting will be on Thursday October 30th at Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.