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Seattle weekly crime report: Theft drops, burglary rises

Seattle weekly crime report: Theft drops, burglary rises
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By Hoodline - Published on January 03, 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 2,196 for the week of December 24, down from 2,575 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime reports was led by theft and robbery. Theft fell to 396 incidents last week, from 470 the week before. Robbery went from 29 to 19.

There was one reported shooting last week. That represents a decrease from three incidents the previous week. There were also 75 incidents of vandalism, down from 76 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 147 to 163, and assault rose from 134 to 141.

There were 1,384 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 306 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 17 arrests were made last week, down from 29 arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Central Business District, Ballard 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.

Northgate saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Central Business District also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Delridge are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Sundays, Saturdays and Thursdays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Fridays and Mondays, while incidents on Sundays went up. Late night, evening and early morning saw the most crime last week.

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