Seattle crime reports increase in December; theft rises, robbery drops

Seattle crime reports increase in December; theft rises, robbery drops
Photo: iStock
By Hoodline - Published on January 07, 2019.

Crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall bump last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 1.4 percent, from 10,319 in November to 10,461 in December.

The month-to-month increase in reports was led by theft and burglary. Theft rose from 1,747 reported incidents in November to 1,801 in December. Burglary incidents went from 603 to 632 for the month, or a 4.8 percent increase.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage increase last month in vandalism, from 255 incidents per month to 283. Vandalism reports have decreased since the same month last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, robbery reports went from 123 to 104. Assault incidents fell from 648 to 646, and shooting incidents went down from six to four.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, Broadway, the Cascade and Delridge saw the largest increase from November to December. Yesler Terrace, Sunset Hill and Capitol Hill also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Saturdays, Sundays and Fridays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Sundays, Saturdays and Mondays, while incidents on Fridays, Thursdays and Tuesdays went down. Late night, evening and early morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

Head to SpotCrime to get free local crime alerts in your area.

This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.