Seattle crime recap: Robbery continues to trend down

Seattle crime recap: Robbery continues to trend downPhoto: iStock
Published on March 14, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,161 for the week of March 4, down from 2,284 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were robbery and burglary. Robbery fell to 17 incidents last week, from 27 the week before. Burglary went from 137 to 130. Reports of robbery have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There were 132 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 55 incidents of vandalism.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 311 to 317.

There were 1,510 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 112 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, 29 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 30 reported arrests the week before.

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

Crime in Delridge decreased the most. Crime reports in Belltown also fell for a second week, and incidents in Pioneer Square are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Saturdays, Thursdays and Fridays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Thursdays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Fridays and Saturdays went up. Comparing times of day, late night, evening and early morning saw the most crime last week.

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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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.

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