Seattle crime trending up: Which offenses are growing most?

Seattle crime trending up: Which offenses are growing most?Photo: iStock
Published on April 18, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 2,407 for the week of April 8, up from 2,233 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and vandalism. Theft rose to 341 incidents last week, from 263 the week before. Vandalism went from 45 to 71.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in assault, from 129 incidents per week to 142, and in shootings, from zero to one incidents.

There were 130 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents an increase from 125 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of robbery went from 27 to 23.

There were 1,699 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 55 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, 24 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 31 reported arrests the week before.

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

Pioneer Square experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Delridge also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in the International District are up considerably as well.

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

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