Philadelphia, PA Criminal and Public Records

Are you searching for criminal records or background information on someone in Philadelphia, PA? BeenVerified has access to public arrest records in Philadelphia County that can help you identify criminal background history for individuals in and around the Philadelphia area. Philadelphia has a population of 1,567,442, which makes it the 1st largest city in Pennsylvania, and an average income of $38,253.00. We’ve compiled helpful crime statistics below, or you can look up a specific person’s criminal records.

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Crime in Philadelphia, PA

One of the first ways to gauge crime is to look at the reported crimes in that city over a year’s time. Keep in mind that you cannot compare one city’s reported crimes to another city’s reported crimes without also understanding any differences in population. In addition, the reported crime rate and the actual crime rate may be very different; crimes such as forcible rape are notoriously underreported, while crimes like motor vehicle theft have higher reporting rates.

In 2015, there were 16,132 reported violent crimes and 49345 reported property crimes in Philadelphia. This compares to 40,339 reported violent crimes and 232,085 reported property crimes statewide in Pennsylvania. This makes Philadelphia 19th in the state of Pennsylvania when it comes to violent crimes per 100k people.

The most common violent crime in Philadelphia was agg. assault, with 7,765 reported. The most common property crime was larceny, with 36,228 reported.

In addition to these major crimes, there were a number of other offenses committed, but most of those were charged as misdemeanors. Our charts below have much more information.


Philadelphia Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (19th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (24th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (21st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (40th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (7th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (78th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (75th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (100th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (9th per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (91st per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 5th
  • Violent Crimes: 5th (307th per 100k)
  • Murder: 7th (240th per 100k)
  • Rape: 4th (599th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 6th (746th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 5th (81st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 8th (2,027th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 11th (2,241st per 100k)
  • Larceny: 7th (2,083rd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 17th (783rd per 100k)
  • Arson: 9th (624th per 100k)

In Philadelphia County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (1st per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 1,567,442
  • Households: 581,050
  • Median Income: $38,253.00
  • Land Area: 134.178 miles2
  • Water Area: 8.529 miles2
  • Time Zone: EST

Philadelphia, PA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 248 280
Rape 1207 1322
Agg. Assault 7500 7765
Robbery 6970 6765
Burglary 9694 8083
Vehicle Thefts 5728 5034
Arson 399 330

Violent Crimes in Philadelphia, PA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 280
Rape 1322
Aggravated Assault 7765
Robbery 6765

Property Crimes in Philadelphia, PA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 8083
Larceny 36228
Motor Vehicle Theft 5034
Arson 330

Larceny in Philadelphia, PA

Year Larceny
2006 39413
2007 39167
2008 40681
2009 37941
2010 39924
2011 40113
2012 38592
2013 37253
2014 37394
2015 36228

Arson in Philadelphia, PA

Year Arson
2006 0
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
2013 0
2014 399
2015 330

Pennsylvania Criminal Statistics:


Criminal Records Lookup

Do you want to lookup a specific individual’s criminal records? While a criminal background check may be important, it is important to understand that that the presence or absence of some criminal history may not be indicative of a person’s actual criminal behavior. People can be arrested for and charged with crimes that they did not commit, while other people may never be charged with crimes that they did commit. Therefore, when looking at an individual’s criminal background, it is important to understand the differences between arrests, charges, and convictions. It is equally important to understand that the absence of a criminal record does not guarantee that a person has not engaged in criminal behavior or will not engage in future criminal behavior.

All you need is a first name and last name to begin looking up someone’s criminal records. Try BeenVerified’s criminal records search.

You may also want to look at statewide reporting numbers.

Pennsylvania Statistics:

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 40164 40339
Murder 614 658
Rape 6614 7427
Agg. Assault 22189 22373
Robbery 13534 13003
Property Crimes 247016 232085
Burglary 45720 39664
Larceny 188256 180287
Vehicle Thefts 13040 12134
Arson 0 0

While the overall numbers can help you find some information, the crime rate is more informative. The crime rate can be reported in various ways; here we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By looking at the crime rate in a city, you can determine whether that city is more or less dangerous than surrounding cities. Here, we have compiled comparisons of the rate for various crimes in Philadelphia and compared them to the rates for that same crime in Pennsylvania and nationwide.


Larceny in the state of Pennsylvania

Year Larceny
2006 216825
2007 211096
2008 218941
2009 204894
2010 204183
2011 208485
2012 204609
2013 197436
2014 188256
2015 180287

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