Seattle weekly crime report: Theft continues to trend up

Seattle weekly crime report: Theft continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on February 28, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 2,440 for the week of Feb. 18, up from 1,986 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. Theft rose to 416 incidents last week, from 313 the week before. Assault went from 111 to 174.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in robbery, from 27 incidents per week to 30, and in burglary, from 119 to 125 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism went from 54 to 51.

There were 1,644 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 284 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, 44 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 33 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Pioneer Square, Central Business District and Broadway had the most reported incidents last week. Pioneer Square and Central Business District were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Delridge saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Pioneer Square also rose for a second week, and incidents in the University District are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sundays, Saturdays and Thursdays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Comparing times of day, late night, early morning and evening continue to see the most crime incidents.

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