Seattle crime going down, which offenses are dropping most?

Seattle crime going down, which offenses are dropping most?Photo: iStock
Published on April 04, 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 2,499 for the week of March 25, down from 2,595 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 351 incidents last week, from 370 the week before. Assault went from 174 to 157.

There were four reported shooting incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 74 to 82. Incidents of robbery rose from 21 to 26, and burglary went up from 144 to 146.

There were 1,733 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 75 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, 27 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 39 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Pioneer Square, Central Business District and Belltown had the most reported incidents last week. Central Business District and Belltown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Northgate decreased the most. Crime reports in Central Business District also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Greenwood are down considerably as well.

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