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How Does Seattle Property Crime Rate Compare to New York or Los Angeles?

October 31st, 2018 | by Joslyn Alderson | in News |    0   

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Is Seattle more dangerous than it used to be? A lot of local Seattle residents are feeling as though Seattle’s crime rates – especially property crime – have been on the rise. In fact, Seattle does have high rates of property crime – approximately 5,500 reports of property crime per 100,000 people. These numbers are more than double the property crime rates in either Los Angeles and New York.

While Seattle is not the highest city for property crime rates when compared to the USA’s top largest cities – it is the highest for property crime when compared to other similar cities – that is, cities with Fortune 100 companies headquartered within them.

Looking at data from the FBI, reported property crime in Seattle is fairly consistent for all types of property crimes – including burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. In comparison, if we examine data from the Seattle Police Department, crime is actually on a downward turn in the majority of the neighborhoods in the area – while the number of crimes has gone up, the population of Seattle has gone up even quicker, meaning that the percentage of property crime has dipped.

Of all types of crime in the Seattle area, it is actually property crime rates that have decreased the most. So, while Seattle does have higher rates of property crime that other large cities such as New York and Los Angeles, the property crime rate in Seattle is actually on a downward turn. It is important to remember when looking through these statistics that they can only be based off of reported crimes – many crimes (even property crimes) do go unreported.


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