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Seattle week in crime: Theft and vandalism rise

Seattle week in crime: Theft and vandalism rise
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By Hoodline - Published on December 28, 2018.

Crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 2,573 for the week of Dec. 17, up from 2,196 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and vandalism. Theft rose to 470 incidents last week, from 371 the week before. Vandalism went from 47 to 76.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in burglary, from 123 incidents per week to 147, and in robbery, from 21 to 29 incidents.

There were 133 reported assault incidents last week. That represents an increase from 132 incidents the previous week.

There were 1,690 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 220 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. SpotCrime data also indicates that 28 arrests were made last week, down from 32 arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Central Business District, Northgate and Pioneer Square had the most reported incidents last week. Central Business District and Pioneer Square were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Northgate went up the most. Crime reports in Rainier Valley also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Central Business District are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, while incidents on Fridays, Sundays and Thursdays went down. Late night, evening and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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