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Safety & Prevention

Year after year, Seattle proves to be one of the safest major cities in the US. One of the reasons for this is how active and engaged our community is. Seattle residents and business owners are not tolerant of criminal behavior - they tend to be proactive, willing to report crimes and are involved in programs like Block Watch and Night Out in numbers that exceed the national average.

Our safety and prevention section is full of information you can put to use on a day-to-day basis to decrease the chances of crime happening to you.

The Seattle community is law enforcement's best partner in fighting criminal activity.


Seattle Police has a wide variety of crime tips available online on how to avoid vehicle theft, ID theft, personal safety and how to prevent crime in your neighborhood.


The Office of Emergency Management has great advice for how to get your neighbors working together to be prepared for a disaster.


SPD has a section specifically for business owners that focuses on the programs we offer and crime prevention tips for businesses.


We have resources and safety tips online for those who have experienced or are supporting others going through:







Are you a Block Watch Captain, or interested in getting one started? Find all the tools you need in our Block Watch section.



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Seattle is a great city to visit, but we want to make sure your trip is as safe as possible. Take a moment to look at our tourist safety tips - good advice to keep in mind when you visit any major city.

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