The map below shows the counties and municipalities that border Philadelphia. This heat map displays the areas that experienced higher (red) and lower (blue) levels of reported crimes in 2022 compared to their respective five-year average levels of reported crimes.
Municipalities close to the Philadelphia border where reported crimes increased significantly (+17 percent or more) are shown on the map. Notably, this includes highly populated areas such as Upper Darby, Bensalem, Abington, Cheltenham, and Plymouth Township.
Additionally, the counties that share a border with Philadelphia saw increases in reported crimes in 2022 compared to their five-year averages. Conversely, nearby counties like Chester, Lehigh, Berks, Lancaster, and Northampton saw decreases in crime compared to their five-year averages.
Out of all counties considered, Montgomery saw the most dramatic increase, experiencing a 40 percent increase in reported crimes in 2022 compared to the county’s five-year average.
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The data for this map was gathered from the Pennsylvania State Police’s online crime database, the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System.
Crime categories include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, manslaughter by negligence, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, other assaults — simple, burglary, larceny, etc. — theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, and human trafficking.
There are some limitations to the data, such as police departments that lack the capacity to accurately log reported crimes to the state database, but this problem is mostly limited to smaller departments in boroughs that don’t experience high levels of crime.
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