According to, four communities in Pennsylvania are among the 60 most crime-ridden cities in the country. Chester came in at number 8, with Harrisburg at number 25, York 33rd and Philadelphia at number 60. In comparison, two cities that have received notoriety for violent crime, Baltimore and Compton (CA), were listed as 29th and 47th, respectively. found that Harrisburg had “one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation,” citing that one out of every 68 people in the city was a victim of violent crime in 2013. Compare this to the national average—one out of every 287. The website looks at cities of more than 25,000 and compares statistics on homicide, armed robbery, aggravated assault and forcible rape. The data for the study comes from uniform crime reports submitted by local jurisdictions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Harrisburg had one of the highest rates of homicide in the country in 2012, with 17 people murdered in a population of just under 50,000. Other troubling statistics show that:

  • The likelihood your car will be stolen in Harrisburg is one in 315, one of the highest rates in the nation.
  • Approximately one of every 20 people in Harrisburg was the victim of burglary, larceny, auto theft or arson in 2012.
  • Harrisburg police reported 272 aggravated assaults, 388 robberies and 56 forcible rapes to the FBI in 2012.

Contact Attorney Wayne Punshon

My name is Wayne Punshon. Before opening my private practice a decade ago, I spent more than 22 years as a Pennsylvania state prosecutor. I have a comprehensive understanding of the criminal laws in Pennsylvania, as well as the rules of criminal procedure. Let me use my considerable knowledge, skill, experience and resources to protect your constitutional rights.

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact me by e-mail or call my office at 610-565-8412. I accept credit cards and will meet with you outside of traditional business hours, if necessary.