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 August 01, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,497 for the week of July 22, down from 1,881 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 92 incidents last week, from 120 the week before. Theft went from 237 to 210.

There were 37 reported vandalism 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 burglary went from 80 to 87. Incidents of robbery rose from 16 to 18, and shootings went up from one to two.

There were 1,051 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 339 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, 17 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 14 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Capitol Hill, Ballard and Central Business District had the most reported incidents last week. Capitol Hill was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Capitol Hill decreased the most. Crime reports in Central District also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Belltown are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, while incidents on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, late night, early morning 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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