Seattle crime on the decline in February; theft continues to trend down

Seattle crime on the decline in February; theft continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on March 06, 2019.

The number of crime reports in Seattle saw an overall decrease last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 25 percent, from 11,299 in January to 8,465 in February.

Theft and burglary reports declined the most from the previous month. Theft fell from 1,730 reported incidents in January to 1,328 in February. Burglary incidents went from 792 to 475 for the month, or about a 40 percent decrease.

There were 543 assault reports last month, and 102 robbery incidents. Assault incidents dropped from 625 offenses the previous month, while robbery reports decreased by 33 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, shooting reports went from two to three.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the University District, Northgate and Central Business District saw the largest decline from January to February.

Thursdays, Fridays and Wednesdays experienced the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Wednesdays. Comparing times of day, late night, early morning and evening continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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