Seattle crime in 2016

Slides from the January 18 Seattle Police Department’s SeaStat meeting provide information about 2016 crime in the city.

Overall, crime was slightly up (by 1.44%) last year compared to 2015. Reported rapes increased by 56% between 2015 and 2016 while homicides decreased by 25%.

The graph below breaks out crime by precinct. The North Precinct is the largest with 40% of the Seattle population living here and encompassing all of the land north of Ship Canal.

In the North Precinct, overall crime increased by 4% between 2015 and 2016. With 43 reported in 2016, rape increased by 34% north of the Ship Canal. Homicides were down 33% with 2 occurring in the north end last year.

During the January 4 SeaStat meeting, information about the city’s changing population was shared. The slide below shows how large the North Precinct (the grey line) is compared to the others and that its population grew by 11% over the past 6 years.

As the data above show, car prowls are a problem citywide. Visit SPD’s crime prevention page to lean how to prevent car prowls.