Police are Targeting Violent Crime this Weekend as Warm Temperatures Roll In

Violent crime is overwhelming the city. Yesterday a pregnant woman, Shaliayah Davis, 25, was shot in the head inside an SUV on the 2500 block of W. Berks Street, killing her and her baby. Police say that her boyfriend, who fled the scene, was the target. Last night, three masked men chased and killed a 28-year-old man who was with 2 children under the age of 10 inside a laundromat in the 1000 block of S. 49th Street.

The murder total of 227 as of yesterday is up 28% over 2019’s year-to-date total at this time of 178. Philadelphia Police have announced violent crime prevention efforts this weekend as extremely warm temperatures are expected. Following is the notice the PPD released:

With exceptionally warm weather anticipated for this weekend, the Police Department will be enhancing police presence in areas most impacted by violent crime across the city. This increase in police presence is designed to give our communities relief from the violence that continues to adversely impact quality of life.

The heightened deployment will not be a widespread “dragnet.” Rather, it will be data driven, and offender focused. The goal is to target those persons responsible for the presence of violence in known “hot spots” throughout the city, while protecting those who simply want to enjoy peace, comfort and recreation in their own communities.

“We are committed to working in collaboration with our communities in preventing and disrupting violent crime,” said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, adding, “ we will be operating in a strategic manner, with deliberate focus on those individuals and groups responsible for the violence in our communities, while safeguarding the liberties of our valued community partners.”

Anyone with information concerning violent crime is encouraged to contact police anonymously at (215) 686-TIPS or via the PPD website at phillypolice.com

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