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Burglaries and car prowls continue to plague locked-down Capitol Hill and East Precinct, according to SPD stats

SPD bike officers respond to a report of a man down on the sidewalk Thursday in front of the Broadway Market (Image: CHS)

SPD bike officers respond to a report of a man down on the sidewalk Thursday in front of the Broadway Market (Image: CHS)

Total Reported Crime East Precinct

Total Reported Crime Seattle

Property crimes involving break-ins and automobiles got worse in April, Seattle Police statistics for the second month under the city’s COVID-19 restrictions show.

In March, CHS reported totals showing a big jump in burglaries in the East Precinct covering Capitol HIll and the Central District as many shuttered businesses made tempting targets.

The trend continued in April with 148 reported break-ins at commercial and residential locations, a 6% jump from March and more than twice as many burglaries reported in April 2019.

Across Seattle, the property crime trends are part of a transition in overall crime with break-ins and rip-offs filling in where violent crimes like assaults and street robberies have dropped off.

Reported East Precinct Burglaries

Reported Seattle Burglaries

The East Precinct trend matches totals seen across Seattle in an uptick SPD describes as a “rapid increase” that has mostly targeted commercial properties.

Auto theft and car prowls have also boomed with totals about 20% higher than previous years — but that’s a trend for the East Precinct that started before the pandemic lockdown. SPD says it has identified “hot spots” for auto related crimes including areas of “main arterial roads, presence of commercial lots, multi-family housing, and higher spatial concentration of disorder calls.”

April’s updated statistics also show a softening of one bright spot CHS reported in March. Updated totals show that with increased social distancing and people mostly at home, violent crimes like assault have dropped — but there were even more property crimes in March than previously reported due to updated reporting. The result? Total crime levels are the same as ever in Seattle even with the lockdowns.

While Seattle as the state’s largest city has one of the highest crime rates in Washington, the state is noted for its unusually low crime totals.

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10 months ago

Looking forward to hear some constructive ideas from CM Sawant on how we can increase public safety in the neighborhood.

Lol, just kidding