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 2011
The citywide and precinct Major Crime statistics through 2011 have now been posted.
For the year, Major Crimes are down citywide by 3% when compared with 2010. Major Crimes were 15% lower in 2011 than the average for the period 2002-2011. Violent Crimes were up 4% compared with 2010, with robberies trending down, and other crimes showing an increase. Property Crimes were down 4% across the City in 2011, when compared with 2010. Vehicle thefts and larceny/thefts trended down while burglaries were up by 6%. Table 1 below depicts reported Major Crimes for each month in 2011 compared with the same time period in 2010.
CITYWIDE YEAR TO DATE:
The table below depicts reported Major Crimes for each month in 2011 compared with the same time period in 2010.
Citywide Major Crimes Trends ( PDF )
Citywide Major Crimes Trends ( XLS )
For the year, four of the five precincts have posted decreases in Major Crimes when compared with 2010, with the remaining precinct showing a 2% increase. This declining crime trend is being paced by Property Crimes, with four precincts posting decreases and one showing a 1% increase when compared with last year totals.
PRECINCT DATA BY BEAT:
The files below provide precinct-level Major Crime statistics at the precinct, sector and beat levels for the month of December 2011.( PDF )
( XLS )