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

Crime going up in Seattle: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on August 15, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Seattle last week remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and assault. Theft rose to 343 incidents last week, from 312 the week before. Assault went from 127 to 136.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage increase in shootings, from one incidents per week to two.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 126 to 118. Incidents of robbery fell from 23 to 15, and vandalism went down from 63 to 61.

There were 1,671 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of nine 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, down from 34 reported arrests the week before.

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

Capitol Hill saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Ballard also rose for a fourth week, and incidents in Beacon Hill are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Saturday, Friday and Wednesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, while incidents on Monday and Sunday went down. Comparing times of day, early morning, late night and after midnight continue to see the most crime incidents.

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

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