West Seattle Crime Watch: Newest ‘SeaStat’ crime-trend info

SPD is just out with its newest SeaStat slide deck – an every-two-week briefing given to department leadership, highlighting crime trends and hotspots. Above is the precinct-by-precinct breakdown of car prowls over the four-week period from November 16th to December 13th (last Saturday). The car prowl total for the Southwest Precinct – West Seattle and South Park – number fewer than half the next-lowest precinct. See the full deck here. It also includes a look at SW Precinct numbers for all major-crime categories in the past month; the most-common type is “larceny/theft,” totaling 136 of the total 249 “major crimes” in West Seattle/South Park over the four-week period examined.

ADDED 11:30 PM: Eric asked in comments about a map for comparison. The SPD “police reports” map, when sorted for car prowls and for the same four-week period shown above, doesn’t seem to show quite as many incidents, but you can get an idea of the hot spots – Lincoln Park, for example, where the circled “11” indicates 11 car prowls during those four weeks:

(While the screengrab does not show the entirety of the SW Precinct, it did not show any car prowls north or south of the area shown; there were a few to the east, in South Park.)

5 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Newest 'SeaStat' crime-trend info"

  • miws December 17, 2014 (3:28 pm)

    The car prowl total for the Southwest Precinct – West Seattle and South Park – number fewer than half the next-lowest precinct.


    First thing I looked for in reading the Stats, even before reading the Body of the WSB Story and seeing the quoted above, was how significantly lower the reported Prowls were for SW Pct, compared to the others.


    Wonder what the crowd that constantly claims, or at least implies, that West Seattle is SO much worse than elsewhere has to say about this?



  • dsa December 17, 2014 (6:40 pm)

    Wow, I’d like to see year to date totals. Or maybe not, these make me feel good.

  • Eric1 December 17, 2014 (11:03 pm)

    The map they provide is pretty rough but just by eyeballing page 6 on the full deck, I’d say that 75% of the car prowls look to follow the C line. Most of the others are in the “logical” Alki/High School zones but I’d like to see a more detailed map to add another reason to hate the C-Rapid Ride and the crime it fosters in West Seattle.
    Since this is the only SW precinct map they provide I wonder if all the other crime follows this pattern. Theft, burglary, assault, etc…

    • WSB December 17, 2014 (11:05 pm)

      You can compare via this map, which can be adjusted for date/type of crime –
      I’m doing that right now just to see. Didn’t think of it earlier.
      (added) Interesting. The map, adjusted for car prowls and the same four-week period, doesn’t have quite as many as listed on the chart. But it does show the hotspots … Lincoln Park, for example, had 11. I’m adding the frame grab of the map to the story above. – TR

  • West Seattle since 1979 December 18, 2014 (6:11 am)

    Eric, I suppose it’s true that criminals who don’t have cars would use the bus to transport themselves to the location for them to commit their next crime, but what’s the answer? Eliminate buses? Then they’ll probably use bikes or walk. And what about criminals who drive to their crimes?

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