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Seattle crime recap: Burglary drops, assault rises

Seattle crime recap: Burglary drops, assault rises
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By Hoodline - Published on February 07, 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 2,432 for the week of January 28, down from 2,572 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime reports was led by burglary and theft. Burglary fell to 159 incidents last week, from 187 the week before. Theft went from 387 to 373.

There were 23 reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 33 incidents the previous week. There were also 65 incidents of vandalism, down from 75 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 142 to 147.

There were 1,665 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 83 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, 30 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 26 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Central Business District, Pioneer Square, and Broadway continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Broadway experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Pioneer Square also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in the University District are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Mondays, Saturdays and Thursdays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while incidents on Mondays, Thursdays and went up. late night, early morning and evening continue to see the most crime incidents.

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.

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