Crime going down in Seattle: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going down in Seattle: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on June 06, 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 1,158 for the week of May 27, down from 1,671 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 111 incidents last week, from 231 the week before. Assault went from 98 to 54.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage decrease in burglary, from 97 incidents per week to 58, and in robbery, from 21 to nine incidents.

There were 32 reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 43 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, shootings went from four to five.

There were 889 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 288 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, nine involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 14 reported arrests the week before.

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

Crime in Queen Anne decreased the most. Crime reports in the University District also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Belltown are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Sunday, Saturday and Wednesday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Thursday and Monday, while incidents on Sunday and Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, early morning, late afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Seattle? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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