Crime in Philadelphia
|Crime rates (2012)|
|Total Violent crime:||1,160.1|
|Motor vehicle theft:||415.9|
|Total Property crime:||3,703.6|
* Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.
|Source: FBI 2012 UCR data|
Some aspects of crime in Philadelphia have achieved national and even international attention. Charles Ramsey, the police commissioner, has stated his goal to reduce the number of homicides by 100 per year.
The legal entities responsible for maintaining law and order are:
- The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) 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
- Philadelphia Poison Ring (1938) - At least 70 people poisoned with arsenic, several by their wives.
- Marie Noe (1949–1968) - Murdered eight of her children.
- Boy in the Box (1957) - Unidentified five year-old boy found dead in a cardboard box.
- Ira Einhorn, "The Unicorn Killer" (1977) - Popular figure killed his girlfriend and hid her body in his closet.
- Mumia Abu-Jamal (1981) - Convicted for the murder of PPD officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
- MOVE (1978,1985) - Clashed with the PPD.
- Frankford Slasher (1985–1990) - Thought to have killed several women.
- Gary M. Heidnik (1986–1987) - Kidnapped, imprisoned, raped, and tortured six women, two of whom he murdered.
- Harrison Graham (1986–1987) - Killed seven women, deemed incompetent to be executed.
- Raymond Carter (convict) (1988) - Convicted of killing Robert "Puppet" Harris; verdict overturned in 1996 due to likelihood of false testimony.
- 39th District corruption scandal (1990s) - Led to overturn of 160-300 cases and release of 100 persons.
- Lex Street Massacre (Dec. 28th, 2000)- 7 people were murdered in a crack house. 
- Kidnapping and murder of Iriana DeJesus (2000) - Alexis Flores, suspect of the case, was added to FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 2007.
- Officer Thomas Bray's possible murder (November 13, 2001) - Bray died in a suspicious on-duty scuba diving incident the day after he testified against Sergeant Shawn Dougherty at a disciplinary hearing.Bray's estate and mother, Genevieve, sued the city and federal government in federal court over Bray's death, settling for an amount that could not be determined from a summary Internet search.
- City Hall corruption scandal (2003-5) - mayor's office bugged by FBI, several convictions resulting.
- Kensington Strangler (late 2010-early 2011).
- Fairmount Park Rapist. (2003–2007) Not caught.
- Philadelphia basement kidnapping event, October 2011, an ongoing investigation into alleged kidnapping of four mentally disabled adults, who were held in a Northeast Philadelphia basement.
- Philadelphia Election Riot (1742)
- Lombard Street Riot (1842) - Three day race riot.
- Philadelphia Nativist Riots (1844)
- Philadelphia 1964 race riot (1964)
- Philadelphia crime family - An Italian American group based in South Philadelphia as well as cities in New Jersey such as Atlantic City and Newark; largest organized crime unit in the area.
- Irish Mob - K&A Gang - Based in Northeast Philadelphia. One of the largest and most violent Irish American gangs in the country.
- Jewish Mafia - See Nig Rosen.
- Greek Mob
- Russian Mob
- Kielbasa Posse - A Polish group based in Port Richmond, Philadelphia.
- Jamaican Posse
- Black Mafia and Junior Black Mafia - An African-American group based in West Philadelphia.
- Latin Kings - Hispanic gang originating in Chicago.
- Warlocks Motorcycle Club - A motorcycle club involved in drug dealing.
- Pagans MC - A motorcycle club involved in drug dealing.
- Sex Money Murda
- Crime in the United States
- H. H. Holmes - Early American serial killer, brought to justice by a Philadelphia detective.
- Vidocq Society - Local crime-solving club
- Down With Crime a project of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- "Philadelphia Still Suffering Higher Homicide Rate Than Largest Us Cities, But Also Showing Greater Progress".
- Philadelphia sees murder rate of 1 per day
- Ramsey’s goal: 100 fewer murders a year
- Boyer, Barbara. "Police diver dies retrieving buoy in Delaware River". philly.com. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 11/14/01. Check date values in:
- Soteropoulos, Jacqueline. "Sergeant charged in theft at Pier 34 Shawn Dougherty is accused of taking empty beer kegs from the collapse site and selling them to a distributor for $80.". philly.com. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 1/17/02. Check date values in:
- "BRAY V. U.S. CIVIL ACTION NO. 03-5150. (E.D. PA. MAR. 14, 2005)". casetext.com. Casetext. Retrieved 3/14/05. Check date values in:
- "ODMP Remembers Thomas M. Bray". odmp.org. Officer Down Memorial Page. Retrieved 11/13/01. Check date values in:
- U.S. Bug in Mayor's Office Roils Philadelphia Race