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

Crime rising in Seattle: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 13, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall increase the week of April 29, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,973 for the week, up from 1,391 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and theft. Assault rose to 132 incidents, from 79 the week before. Theft went from 208 to 255.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in vandalism, from 39 incidents per week to 50, and in shootings, from zero to three incidents.

There were 84 reported burglary incidents. That represents an increase from 73 incidents the previous week. There were also 19 incidents of robbery, up from 18 the week before.

There were 1,430 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 456 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, up from 11 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, the Central Business District, Pioneer Square and Belltown 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.

Northgate experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Belltown also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in the Central Business District are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Saturday, Sunday and Monday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Friday, Thursday and Saturday, while incidents on Wednesday and Monday went down. Comparing times of day, late night, early morning and evening saw the most crime last week.

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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.