Seattle crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Seattle crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on September 05, 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 reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,144 for the week of August 26, down from 2,429 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and burglary. Theft fell to 298 incidents last week, from 337 the week before. Burglary went from 133 to 102.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in assault, from 140 incidents per week to 121, and in robbery, from 34 to 27 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 47 to 61.

There were 1,535 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 200 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, 23 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 26 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Capitol Hill, Ballard and Central Business District had the most reported incidents last week. Capitol Hill and Central Business District were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

The University District saw the largest decline. 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, Saturday, Wednesday and Sunday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Monday, Thursday and Tuesday, while incidents on Wednesday, Sunday and Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, late night, early morning and after midnight 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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