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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8 thoughts on “Crime is ‘hotter’ in areas bordering Philadelphia”

  1. Once again, eastern Delco gets kicked in the teeth.
    A drive along Baltimore Pike east of the Blue Route will confirm this.

  2. In the face of data like this, the best thing to do is be morally and politically amorphous.

    Otherwise, you would have to blame Democratic politicians and their policies. No one wants to hold them accountable.

  3. Chester County saw a decrease in crime. Thank you. Someone should tell the fear mongering Rs trying to convince voters differently (ahem, Guy C.)

    1. Nothing – nothing – that the Democrats do ever reduces crime.
      1-As Philadelphians flood eastern Delco, the crime rate in Delco goes up.
      2-As middle class Delconians flee to Chester Co., the crime rate there goes down.
      3-Never trust Democrats keeping score on crime, the economy, or votes.

    2. chester county’s boundaries do not abut philly’s. but give it time. the criminals will continue moving west
      from Norristown, Northwest and West Philly.

  4. When you have a Soros-bought DA, a Delco Council that prioritizes DEI, and a Juvy Detention Center which has been closed down, in violation of PA statutes, what else would you expect?

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