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 2013
The citywide and precinct Major Crime statistics for all of 2013 have now been posted.
Through December, Major Crimes were up 1% citywide when compared with 2012. Violent Crimes were down overall by 2% and Property Crimes were up overall by 2% in 2013, when compared with last year.
NOTES: The large increase in Burglaries in 2013 was inflated by a small number of incidents with multiple victims that occurred in the first half of the year. These incidents involved break-ins to storage units in apartments or condos or break-ins at hotels and parking garages. Five of these incidents, for example, accounted for more than 100 of the reported burglaries.
CITYWIDE YEAR TO DATE:
PART I OFFENSES
Reported Major Crimes for each month in 2013 compared with the same time period in 2012:
Citywide Major Crimes Trends ( PDF )
Part II Offenses
Citywide crimes statistics for what are termed Part II offenses have been posted for all of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. These are updated quarterly. Through December, Part II offenses were up 2% compared with 2012.
Citywide Part 2 Offenses ( PDF )
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS
There were 588 Domestic Violence Aggravated Assaults from Jan 2013 through Dec 2013. This was 30% of the total 1,972 Aggravated Assaults reported in Seattle.
Through December 2013, two precincts showed down or even in Major Crimes and three precincts showed single-digit increases in Major Crimes, when compared with 2012. Southwest Precinct recorded a 1% decline in Major Crimes, followed by West Precinct, which showed even, compared with last year. East and North Precincts each recorded 3% increases and South Precinct ended the year with a 1% increase in Major Crimes, compared with 2012.
PRECINCT DATA BY BEAT:
Precinct-level Major Crime statistics at the precinct, sector and beat levels for 2013:( PDF )
( XLS )