The FBI Uniform Crime Index data note that the Pittsburgh 7-county metro area saw a 2% decrease in overall crime in 2014 (the most recent data available). In comparison to all Pittsburgh Today benchmark cities, the Pittsburgh MSA reported the lowest rates for burglary, car theft and forcible rape. And its rates of robbery and theft were lower than those in every benchmark region except Denver.
But the murder rate rose nearly 32 percent to 5.4 per 100,000 people over the previous year. Stark disparities in crime are seen across city neighborhoods and races. In Pittsburgh, for example, 25 percent of gun-related aggravated assaults occurred in only four of the city’s 90 neighborhoods from 2010-2015, according to city police records. And 86 percent of homicide victims were African American.