Crime declining in Seattle: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime declining in Seattle: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on May 16, 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 1,657 for the week of May 6, down from 1,973 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 194 incidents last week, from 255 the week before. Assault went from 132 to 95.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in robbery, from 19 incidents per week to seven, and in vandalism, from 50 to 37 incidents.

There were 71 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 84 incidents the previous week. There were also three shooting incidents.

There were 1,250 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 180 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, 14 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 27 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Central Business District, Belltown and Rainier Valley 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 The International District decreased the most. Crime reports in Delridge also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in First Hill are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early morning and late night saw the most crime last week.

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