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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 2010


Through December, Major Crimes were down citywide by 6% when compared with the 2009.  The citywide crime trend in 2010 was different from that in 2009. By the end of 2009, there had been citywide increases in both Violent Crimes and Property Crimes.  As of the end of 2010, Violent Crimes were down by 9% compared with 2009, led by a 20% decrease in robberies.  Property Crimes were down by 5% across the City, with a slight increase only in vehicle thefts.

Adjusted for population, the crime rate per 1000 in 2010 was the lowest since 1967.  The City also had the fewest homicides since 1956.


The table below shows the Major Crimes totals for the last ten years, along with a comparison of the 2010 totals with the ten-year average.  As indicated in the table, the totals for all Major Crimes in 2010 were below the ten-year averages.  Overall total number of Major Crimes was 15% lower than the ten-year average.

Citywide Major Crimes Trends ( PDF PDF Document )

Citywide Major Crimes Trends ( XLS Excel )



Through December, four precincts posted decreases in Violent Crimes, when compared with 2009, with one precinct showing a single-digit increase.  Also through December, four of the five precincts showed decreases in Property Crimes, while one posted a single-digit increase when compared with 2009.  As of the end of 2010, burglaries were down in three precincts and up by single-digits in two precincts.  Vehicle thefts, which had been up markedly earlier in the year, ended the year down in two precincts and up by single-digits in two others.


The files below provide precinct-level Major Crime statistics at the precinct, sector and beat levels.

(Links to PDF PDF Document )

(Links to XLS Excel )

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