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Crime rates (2006)
Crime type Rate*
Homicide: 27.7
Forcible rape: 65.6
Robbery: 749.1
Aggravated assault: 720.1
Violent crime: 1,562.4
Burglary: 788.1
Larceny-theft: 2,691.1
Motor vehicle theft: 795.9
Property crime: 4,275.1
* Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.

Source: Philadelphia PA Crime Statistics (2006 Crime Data)

As with all large cities, Philadelphia has its share of crime. Some aspects of crime in Philadelphia have achieved national and even international attention.[1] Charles Ramsey, the new police commissioner, has stated his goal to reduce the number of homicides by 100 per year.[2]

The legal entities responsible for maintaining law and order are:

The Philadelphia Police Department is the police department. The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County (1st Judicial Circuit) is the state trial court. The Philadelphia District Attorney is the district attorney. The Defender Association of Philadelphia is the government-funded independent public defender office.


Notable cases and incidents


Organized crime

  • Scarfo crime family - An Italian group based in Northeast and South Philadelphia as well as major cities in New Jersey such as Atlantic City and Newark, largest organized crime unit in the area as far as "rackets" are concerned. Considered the most violent branch in the American Mafia.
  • Black Mafia, Junior Black Mafia - An African-American group based in West Philadelphia
  • Kielbasa Posse - A Polish group based in Port Richmond, Philly.
  • Jamaican Posse -
  • Irish_Mob Philadelphia - A now defunct group
  • Latin Kings (gang) - Hispanic gang originating in Chicago
  • Warlocks Motorcycle Club - A Motorcycle Club involved in drug dealing
  • Pagans MC - A Motorcycle Club involved in drug dealing

See also


  1. ^ Philadelphia sees murder rate of 1 per day
  2. ^ Ramsey’s goal: 100 fewer murders a year
  3. ^ Mayor's Office bugged


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