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Seattle crime rises; burglary continues to trend up

Seattle crime rises; burglary continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on February 06, 2019.

Crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall increase last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 8 percent, from 10,464 in December to 11,298 in January.

Burglary and robbery incidents increased the most from the previous month. Burglary rose from 632 reported incidents in December to 792 in January. Robbery incidents went from 104 to 135 for the month, or about a 29 percent increase.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage increase last month in vandalism, from 283 incidents per month to 312. Vandalism reports have decreased since the same month last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, theft reports went from 1,801 to 1,730. Assault incidents fell from 646 to 625, and shooting incidents went down from five to two.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the largest increase last month occurred in the University District, First Hill and Northgate. Ravenna, Lower Queen Anne and North Queen Anne also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Thursdays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays experienced the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Thursdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Saturdays, Sundays and went down. late night, evening and early morning continue to see the most crime incidents 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.

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