Watch out, Walmart: Where most thefts occur on Black Friday in Philly

Thanksgiving theft

Sometimes, apparently, the hot deals that come with Black Friday are not hot enough for everybody.

In Philadelphia the last three years, 179 thefts have been reported on Black Fridays, according to crime info from Open Data Philly. That’s about average for the city. So far this year in Philadelphia police have fielded an average of 60 calls of theft per day, according to Open Data Philly.

Earlier this year, we highlighted the locations where thefts occur most often and found that 20 locations are responsible for about 10 percent of Philadelphia’s thefts. Consider this the holiday version. Here are the six locations where the most Black Friday theft has happened in recent years, plus a bonus pick that will surprise you.

The crime data records blocks where thefts happen rather than specific addresses, so we’ll just give the general area and describe which stores are there.

800-1300 blocks of Market Street

1000 Market
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Thefts the last three years: 8

Neighborhood: Market East

Establishments in the area: This strip of Market Street is home to the Gallery Mall and dozens of other shops from Old Navy to Century 21 to the Burlington Coat Factory. 800 Market, 1000 Market and 1300 Market each landed on our list of blocks with the most thefts so far this year.

Philadelphia Mills Mall (Franklin Mills Mall)

Franklin Mills Mall
Philadelphia Mills website

Thefts the last three years: 5

Neighborhood: Far Northeast Philadelphia

Establishments in the area: There are 200-plus stores at this outlet mall, including a Walmart, Saks Off Fifth, Bed Bath & Beyond and Five Below.

3000-4000 Blocks of Aramingo Avenue

Aramingo crime
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Thefts the last three years: 5

Neighborhood: Port Richmond

Establishments in the area: Rite-Aid, Petco, Big K-Mart, Lowe’s, Walmart, Game Stop, Shoprite and Five Below. The 3700 Block of Aramingo is one of the top 20 areas for theft in the city.

9100 and 9700 blocks of Roosevelt Boulevard

Roosevelt block theft
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Thefts the last three years: 5

Neighborhood: Bustleton

Establishments in the area: Walmart, Lowes, Rite Aid, Northeast Shopping Center.

1600 block S. Columbus Boulevard

Columbus Blvd theft
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Thefts the last three years: 4

Neighborhood: Pennsport

Establishments in the area: Walmart, Home Depot, Wawa. This is the lone block that featured at least one theft on Black Friday the last three years. It also ranked as the No. 3 location for theft in our earlier article.

2300 Oregon Avenue

Oregon Avenue crime
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Thefts the last three years: 3

Neighborhood: South Philadelphia, near Girard Estate

Establishments: Walgreens, Home Depot, Pet Smart, Staples

Terminal C of the Airport

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Yes, apparently a Thanksgiving traveler just couldn’t take the stress of travel during one of the busiest weekends of the year. One incident of theft was reported in Terminal C last year.

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