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 October 31, 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 1,416 for the week of Oct. 21, down from 2,087 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 211 incidents last week, from 359 the week before. Assault went from 129 to 83.

There was also a considerable percentage decrease in burglary, from 112 incidents per week to 68, and in vandalism, from 65 to 36 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 16 to 19, and shootings rose from one to four.

There were 995 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 410 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, up from 18 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Capitol Hill, Belltown and Central Business District continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Belltown experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Ballard also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in the University District are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesday, Thursday and Tuesday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Sunday and Monday, while incidents on Wednesday and Thursday went up. Comparing times of day, late night, early morning and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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