Seattle crime recap: Robbery drops, theft rises in overall decrease

Seattle crime recap: Robbery drops, theft rises in overall decrease
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By Hoodline - Published on January 17, 2019.

Crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,572 for the week of January 7, down from 2,623 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were robbery and burglary. Robbery fell to 24 incidents last week, from 30 the week before. Burglary went from 168 to 165.

There was one reported shooting last week. That represents a decrease from two incidents the previous week. There were also 69 incidents of vandalism.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 389 to 402, and assault rose from 154 to 155.

There were 1,721 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 59 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 35 arrests were made last week, up from 31 arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Central Business District, the University District, and Belltown had the most reported incidents last week. Central Business District and Belltown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Broadway decreased the most. Crime reports in North Beacon Hill also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Central District are down considerably as well.

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

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