An analysis of Seattle Police Department reports shows that robberies continue to be a problem on Capitol Hill but the number of incidents has decreased after March’s burst of criminal activity. In that month, thieves knocked out nearly an incident a day on the Hill, hitting people in street robberies and businesses in register grabs and tip jar getaways. Here is a look at the totals:
In the second week of April, SPD arrested a trio that they say were responsible for pushing March to its high mark for muggings. The three teens were charged with three counts each of robbery and face trial this summer.
While the drop-off from March is a welcome relief, May’s totals will likely come in higher than April’s. (Somewhat!) Improved weather and seasonal trends are probably also at play here. We’ll try to look at a seasonal analysis of Hill crime soon. In the meantime, recent incidents including this daytime cell phone grab and this May incident in which a man was punched in the face for his phone remind that we live in a big city and some bad stuff is going to happen on the streets. For more perspective, here’s a map showing locations of all SPD violent crime reports in the SeattleCrime map database so far in 2010. Like we said, big city, big problems. We’re lucky to have only a small part of it.