Department of Public Safety
Interactive Bureau Reports Explained

A Note About Updates to Interactive Bureau Reports

As part of our commitment to transparency in reporting, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has begun issuing public reports, interactive visualizations and data.  It is our intention to continue to do so and to expand our efforts to make data readily available. In order to increase our ability to collect, query and report data, we are aggressively improving our technology and analytic infrastructure.  On occasion, these improvements, or changes in the way data are collected, may result in the discovery that previously-released data are inaccurate or incomplete.  This is the case with the following data included in two reports issued in August of 2015:

Violence in the City of Pittsburgh: 2010 through 2014

 

SHOOTINGS

 AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS WITH A FIREARM 

 CALLS FOR SHOTS FIRED 

 

Old Data

New Data

Old Data

New Data

Old Data

New Data

2010

171

178

286

250

2,849

 

2011

168

183

217

186

2,659

2,953

2012

131

165

213

227

2,778

2,998

2013

166

190

228

195

2,226

2,584

2014

148

171

257

211

2,330

2,558

 

Violence in the City of Pittsburgh: First Six Months of 2015

 

SHOOTINGS

 AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS WITH A FIREARM 

 CALLS FOR SHOTS FIRED 

 

Old Data 

 New Data 

Old Data

New Data

 Old Data

New Data

 First 6 Months of 2010 

90

99

144

139

1,420

 

First 6 Months of 2011

60

74

92

84

1,241

1,361

First 6 Months of 2012

58

75

109

117

1,358

1,462

First 6 Months of 2013

76

89

92

83

1,141

1,258

First 6 Months of 2014

65

70

125

95

1,041

1,115

First 6 Months of 2015

73

75

169

130

1,379

1,456

Updated versions of these reports were posted on September 30, 2016,  and we will continue to monitor data to ensure ongoing accuracy.

Violence in the City of Pittsburgh: Five-Year Trend 2010-2014

This report examines violence that occurred between 2010 and 2014 in the City of Pittsburgh. Violent incidents include homicides, aggravated assaults with a gun, shootings and calls for shots fired. The report assesses trends over time, by geography and by race and gender of victims and perpetrators. For homicides, the motives and clearance rates are also reported.

Written Report

Violence in the City of Pittsburgh: 2015 January-June

This report examines violence that occurred in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same time period in recent years. Violent incidents include homicides, aggravated assaults with a gun, shootings and calls for shots fired.  The report assesses trends over time, by geography and by race and gender of victims and perpetrators.

Written Report

Violence in the City of Pittsburgh, 2015

September 2016
Homicides in the City of Pittsburgh decreased between 2014 (70) and 2015(56); however, this number is still nine percent higher than the average of the past five years.  Pittsburgh’s 2015 homicide rate was slightly below the average rate of the 14 Pittsburgh benchmark cities. Shootings decreased in 2015, but there were increases in both aggravated assaults with a firearm and calls for shots fired. Information about homicide victims and offenders is also provided in this report, as well as an analysis of where and when violence occurred.

Written Report

Violence in the City of Pittsburgh, First Six Months of 2016

September 2016
There were 29 homicides in the City of Pittsburgh in the first six months of 2016, which represents a 45 percent increase from the same six-month period in 2015 and a 33 percent increase over the average of the first six months of the years 2010 through 2015. Calls for shots fired also increased from 2015 and from the six-year average, but both shootings and aggravated assaults with a firearm decreased. Demographic information about homicide victims and offenders, the location of homicides and calls for shots fired, and details about when violence occurred are also provided in this report.

Written Report

 

Visualizations

These interactive visualizations allow further exploration of the violence data

Crime in the City of Pittsburgh 2005-2015

These reports analyze Uniform Crime Report data for the City of Pittsburgh from January 2005 through July 2015; the following crimes are included:

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Overall Trends in Violence

This visualization displays counts of homicides, shootings, aggravated assaults with a gun and calls for shots fired.  You can filter by year, month, neighborhood and police zone.

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Homicides

This visualization displays homicide counts and clearance rates as well as breakdowns by day of week, time, weapon used and victim and perpetrator demographics.  You can filter by year in the upper right hand corner.  Additionally you can filter by clicking within a chart.  For example, if you want to see everything for males only – click on the “male” header in the bottom left table and all other summary tables will update to reflect only male victims of homicide.

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Gun Violence

This visualization displays shootings, aggravated assaults with a gun and calls for shots fired.  Breakdowns by day of week, time and neighborhood/police zone are included.  You can filter by year, incident type and whether or not it was drive-by (where applicable).

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