Mayor, police chief say Seattle crime is at a 40-year low

Here’s the news release. Haven’t seen a neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakout yet. 5:52 PM ADDENDUM: One stat we can break down with regards to West Seattle — of the 24 murder cases in the city last year, three happened here – March at 37th/Findlay, April at Cal-Mor Circle, October at 59th/Admiral. The suspects in all three cases are still awaiting trial. In the 59th/Admiral case, the newest court documents show that the 18-year-old suspect has been found competent to stand trial, and his next hearing date is Feb. 11. (We reported the then-impending competency hearing on Dec. 29.)

7 Replies to "Mayor, police chief say Seattle crime is at a 40-year low"

  • JMR January 17, 2008 (4:44 pm)

    Mayor, police chief say Seattle crime is at a 40-year low

    I guess these statistics don’t count crimes against Honda Civics.

  • KT January 17, 2008 (6:17 pm)

    Sounds good though there is some major work to be done downtown. Wonder what the residential burglary clearance rate is.

  • Diana January 17, 2008 (9:18 pm)

    I would be curious to know, and unfortunately don’t have the time to do the research, what the boundary was for the City of Seattle 40 years ago and what it is now. As an example, Burien, Lake Forest Park, Sea-Tac, Shoreline (and there may be more)are now incorporated cities. Were they part of Seattle 40 years ago? They now have their own policing so their current crime stats would not be included in Seattle’s. A good study would be a comparison of the crime stats by geographic boundaries rather than by city designation…40 years ago and now. I have thrown the gauntlet to any reader who loves research and has time to do it.

  • miws January 17, 2008 (10:03 pm)

    Diana, without researching it myself, and just going on my own knowledge, the Seattle City limits have not shrunk in the last forty years.

    Those unincorporated areas, would have been considered Unincorporated King County, and the County would have provided the Police protection.


  • WSB January 17, 2008 (10:05 pm)

    My quick research suggests the last change of Seattle’s boundaries was more than 50 years ago, with a North End annexation, per HistoryLink.

  • Bob Loblaw January 17, 2008 (10:49 pm)

    “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
    — Benjamin Disraeli, as popularized in the U.S. by Mark Twain.

  • Huindekmi January 18, 2008 (5:12 am)

    WSB, your reporting of this just further exposes your anti-crime bias.

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