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 2012
Major Crimes – A 25-Year Review
- Over the last twenty-five years, reported Major Crimes in Seattle have shown a steady downward trend. The decline was continuous from 1988 to 2000. For a few years early in the new millennium, reported Major Crimes increased, only to begin falling again.
- The highest year in the period 1988-2012 for reported Major Crimes in Seattle was 1988 when 72,694 such crimes were tallied. The lowest year for reported Major Crimes was 2012 when 34,607 such crimes were recorded in the City.
The citywide and precinct Major Crime statistics for the first twelve months of 2012 have now been posted.
Through December, Major Crimes were down citywide by 2% when compared with 2011. Violent Crimes were up by 3% compared with last year, with increases posted in all crime categories. Property Crimes were down by 3% overall, when compared with 2011. Burglaries were down 3% and larceny/thefts were down by 4%, while vehicle thefts were up 4% compared with last year.
CITYWIDE YEAR TO DATE:
Reported Major Crimes for each month in 2012 compared with the same time period in 2011:
Citywide Major Crimes Trends ( PDF )
Citywide crimes statistics for what are termed Part II offenses have been posted for all of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. These are updated quarterly.
Citywide Part 2 Offenses ( PDF )
Through December, four precincts showed decreases in Major Crimes compared with 2011, led by North and South Precincts at -6% each and followed by East and Southwest Precincts at -1% each. Only West Precinct posted an increase in Major Crimes in 2012, up 3% compared with 2011.
PRECINCT DATA BY BEAT:
Precinct-level Major Crime statistics at the precinct, sector and beat levels for 2012:( PDF )
( XLS )