In nearly 42% of incidents of robbery in the US, the suspect is considered to be armed, classifying the crime as an armed robbery. Armed robbery is defined as a violent crime involving the loss of property while the offender threatens the victim with force using a weapon.
Philadelphia Armed Robbery Statistics
Residents in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, are noticing an alarming increase in the number of armed robberies threatening their safety on a daily basis. Identified as being one of America’s most dangerous places to live, concern among Philadelphia neighborhoods is also on the rise as the city struggles to protect its hardworking residents. The frequent posts published on Philly Police Blog suggest that armed robbery has become an epidemic in Philadelphia and police are calling on possible witnesses and informants to assist with the vindication of the innocent victims involved.
Unfortunately, current statistics indicate that occurrences of armed robbery in Philadelphia have been steadily increasing throughout 2015. If incidents of armed robbery continue at the same rate throughout the remainder of 2015, the armed robbery rate will increase by 30% when compared to the 2014 statistics. To date, 740 armed robberies have occurred in the Philadelphia Metro Area in 2015, compared to the total number of armed robberies in 2014, which reached a total of 790.
On September 14, 2015, two suspects fled Royal Jewelers with an estimated $50,000 worth of jewelry after threatening employees with a knife.
On September 3, 2015, two suspects entered a store with a revolver, fired a shot at the store owner and proceeded to rob the store for $500. The suspects have not been apprehended.
On September 1, 2015, a masked man entered a sandwich shop and held employees and customers at gunpoint while he robbed the shop.
On September 1, 2015, employees of a Philadelphia Dollar Store were tied up during an armed robbery. The suspects remain on the loose.
How Are Victims Affected?
As the second most committed crime in the US, anyone can find themselves victimized by an armed robbery. The victims of armed robberies often times sustain both physical and emotional injuries that affect their quality of life for years to come. The aftermath of an armed robbery may leave the victim with the following:
- Physical injuries requiring medical treatment
- Intense fear and feelings of continued vulnerability
- Loss of property, which may include objects of sentimental value
- Financial loss
- Debilitating social anxiety
On a daily basis, residents of Philadelphia develop growing concerns that they may be the next victim of an armed robbery. And the concern is valid considering that current statistics reveal that 1 in every 220 residents of Philadelphia will be the victim of a robbery. The following tips may serve to help keep Philadelphia residents safe from armed robbery:
- Do not carry large amounts of cash or refer to large amounts of cash in public.
- Do not use a bank bag.
- Do not count money in public.
- Vary the times of bank deposits.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Although armed robberies are a growing concern in Philadelphia communities, the city is beautiful and offers residents rich history and a sense of pride. Be aware and protect yourself to avoid becoming a victim.