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The Seattle Police Department cautions against using crime and/or other police data to make decisions/comparisons regarding the safety of an area or the amount of crime.

Crime statistics represent only police services where a report was made and do not include other calls for police service.

The data do not reflect or certify "safe" or "unsafe" areas. When looking at crime statistics it is important to consider geography (business vs. residential), and major institutions that exist within the boundaries (i.e. hospitals, schools, parks, etc.) of the reporting areas.

Data will sometimes reflect where the crime was reported versus where the crime occurred.

Areas with a high volume of foot traffic or that are more densely populated may have more reported crime. This does not necessarily mean more crime occurs there, but that more crime is reported there.

Crime statistics 2009


Through December, there was a citywide increase in Major Crimes of 7%, the same level as at midyear.  Violent Crimes are up 12% compared with the same period one year ago; and Property Crimes are up 7%. The year-to-date increase in Major Crimes has held stable since October, after rising slightly in September.


The table below depicts reported Major Crimes by month in 2009 and compares the year-to-date totals with the same period in 2008. 

Citywide Major Crimes Trends ( PDF PDF Document )

Citywide Major Crimes Trends ( XLS Excel )


The precinct level Major Crime statistics for December have now been posted.  Through December, four of the five precincts are showing increases in Major Crimes when compared with the same period in 2008, with South Precinct posting a 4% decline. Robberies and aggravated assaults are fueling the increases in Violent Crimes.  Though Property Crimes are also up overall in four precincts, two precincts are showing burglary decreases and four precincts are posting double-digit decreases in vehicle thefts, compared to one year ago.

The Department is responding to these crime trends with a number of strategies. Task forces are being deployed against targeted crimes and precincts are devoting resources to hot spot enforcement and pattern crimes and tracking these efforts.


(Links to PDF PDF Document )

(Links to XLS Excel )

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