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Seattle week in crime: Assault drops, burglary rises

Seattle week in crime: Assault drops, burglary rises
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By Hoodline - Published on January 24, 2019.

Crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall slight decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,468 for the week of January 14, down from 2,573 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by assault and theft. Assault fell to 117 incidents last week, from 155 the week before. Theft went from 402 to 379.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 165 to 187. Incidents of robbery rose from 24 to 36, and vandalism went up from 69 to 74.

There were 1,675 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 82 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 22 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 35 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown, Belltown, and Pioneer Square had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Belltown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Downtown decreased the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in the University District also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Ballard are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, while incidents on Mondays, Wednesdays and went up. Late night, evening and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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