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 the first three months of 2013 have now been posted.
Through March, Major Crimes are down citywide by 9% when compared with the same time period in 2012. Violent Crimes are down 1% compared with last year and Property Crimes are down by 9% overall, when compared with the previous year.
NOTE: The large increase in Burglaries through March 2013 is inflated by a small number of incidents with multiple victims. These incidents have involved break-ins to storage units in apartments or condos or break-ins at hotels and parking garages. Four of these incidents, for example, account for nearly 100 of the reported burglaries.
CITYWIDE YEAR TO DATE:
Reported Major Crimes for each month in 2013 compared with the same time period in 2012:
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, 2012 and the first quarter of 2013. These are updated quarterly.
Citywide Part 2 Offenses ( PDF )
Through March 2013, four precincts are showing decreases in Major Crimes when compared with the same time period in 2012. They are led by South and West Precincts at -20% and -13% respectively, followed by East Precinct at -8% and North Precinct at -5%. Only Southwest Precinct is posting an increase in Major Crimes so far in 2013, up 12% compared with the first three months of 2012.
PRECINCT DATA BY BEAT:
Precinct-level Major Crime statistics at the precinct, sector and beat levels for 2013:( PDF )
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