With the year coming to a close, the crime statistics of Philadelphia are showing a change in criminal trends. While the homicide and violent crime rates are down 15% and 4%, respectively, statistics show that property crimes have risen by 2% (more specifically, residential burglaries have increased by 16%). The possible explanations for this drastic shift in criminal activity are numerous, although police officials are only willing to partially blame dismal economic conditions. These trends, along with the recent tightening of gun laws could spell the growth of property crimes in the future.
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