Seattle weekly crime report: Theft drops, burglary rises

Seattle weekly crime report: Theft drops, burglary risesPhoto: iStock
Published on March 07, 2019

The number of 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 2,275 for the week of February 25, down from 2,446 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 308 incidents last week, from 420 the week before. Assault went from 174 to 132.

There were 27 reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 30 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 125 to 135, and vandalism rose from 51 to 53.

There were 1,620 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 26 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, 28 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 44 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, downtown, Pioneer Square and Broadway continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Ballard experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Lower Queen Anne also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in the University District are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Monday and Friday, while incidents on Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, late night, evening and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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