Crime rising in Seattle: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime rising in Seattle: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on October 28, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Seattle saw an overall increase last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 2,087 for the week of Oct. 14, up from 1,683 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and vandalism. Theft rose to 359 incidents last week, from 262 the week before. Vandalism went from 32 to 65.

There was also an increase in assault, from 97 incidents per week to 129.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of robbery went from 21 to 16, and burglary fell from 113 to 112.

There were 1,405 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 247 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, 18 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 19 reported arrests the week before.

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

Belltown experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Pike Market also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Queen Anne are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Friday, Tuesday and Saturday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Friday, Sunday and Saturday, while incidents on Wednesday went down. Comparing times of day, late night, early morning and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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