LOCAL NEWS

Violent crimes in Seattle reach ‘14-year high’ in 2021, according to report from SPD

Feb 4, 2022, 11:10 AM | Updated: Feb 5, 2022, 7:53 am
Seattle shootings, downtown, crime report...
Police at the scene of a shooting in downtown Seattle in October of 2021. (SPD Blotter)
(SPD Blotter)

The Seattle Police Department released its annual crime report for 2021 on Friday, detailing across-the-board increases in rates of crimes across all major categories.

Seattle police investigate series of assaults, robberies in University District

According to the report, overall crime increased by 10% from 2020 to 2021; violent crime increased by 20%, while property crime went up 9%.

SPD highlighted Seattle’s violent crime rate as a primary concern, after reaching “a 14-year high in 2021.” That was driven by marked increases in aggravated assaults (up 24% year-over-year) and robberies (up 18%).

Consistent with recent county-level reporting, shootings and “shots-fired events” increased in Seattle over the last year as well, rising by 40% year-over-year, and by 86% from 2019. So-called “hotspots” were identified in the downtown area, Rainier Valley, and the northern edge of the city near Northgate. Lake City, Brighton/Dunlap, and the International District experienced the largest increase in shooting incidents of all neighborhoods.

A majority of shooting victims over the last year were Black, comprising 52% of the total, followed by white residents at 23%, and Asian/Pacific Islander at 12%.

Community groups, parents, SPD chief meet to find solutions to gun violence

Meanwhile, 911 response times reached “historic highs,” averaging 10.5 minutes, with a median of roughly 7.5 minutes. In 2020, the average response time was 9.58 minutes.

SPD also tracks the community’s level of trust in the police, ascribing a numerical score out of 100. In late 2019, the department’s “trust score” sat around 64, before peaking at 67 by May of 2020. Social justice protests stemming from the death of George Floyd saw that number plummet to 53 by August 2020, before reaching a three-year low of 48 in January 2021. That number ticked back up again to 61 in May of 2021, coinciding with a clash between SPD and city council over a strategy for proposed layoffs.

The trust score for SPD dipped back down to 55 in August 2021, around the same time Seattle experienced a string of shootings in Belltown, downtown, and Pioneer Square. The department ended 2021 with a trust score of 60, touting in its full report that “community perceptions of public safety & trust of police in Seattle trended upward” to close out the year.

On Friday, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell held a press conference — joined by Police Chief Adrian Diaz and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins — to outline strategies the city of Seattle is taking to address crime. He also shared immediate priorities to improve public safety in the city.

“I want to be very clear — we will not tolerate crime in Seattle,” Harrell said. “Whether organized retail theft, crimes of violence against our most vulnerable, crimes of hate, or especially gun violence, we will not look the other way while the fabric of our neighborhoods and city is destroyed.”

Local News

Juanita Creek...
Nicole Jennings

Business owner transforms Juanita Creek section for migrating salmon

Cafe Juanita owner and executive chef Holly Smith took it upon herself to transform her portion of Kirkland's Juanita creek -- and give the migrating salmon a healthier highway.
1 day ago
Alaska Airlines Pilot...
KIRO Newsradio staff

Alaska Airlines reaches tentative agreement with pilots union

Alaska Airlines announced a tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on a new contract Friday.
1 day ago
Sumner official meme...
KIRO 7 News Staff

Sumner official who sent offensive meme in work email apologizes for ‘horribly offensive mistake’

A local government official is responding to allegations that he sent out an offensive meme via email using a government account in August, apologizing for what he called a “horribly offensive mistake.”
1 day ago
Seattle police officers form a line to confront protestors on May 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. T...
Associated Press

Man pleads guilty to bringing Molotov cocktails to protest

A Renton, Washington, man has pleaded guilty to bringing 12 Molotov cocktails to a protest at the Seattle police union headquarters on Labor Day 2020.
1 day ago
highway 2...
Sam Campbell

Highway 2 set to reopen Saturday as crews stabilize neighboring hillsides 

State crews are working to reopen Highway 2 by Monday, cutting hundreds of trees in an effort to repair damage from the Bolt Creek Fire.
1 day ago
Mountain of trash at Snohomish County transfer station. (Photo from KIRO 7)...
Jordan Duncan, KIRO 7 News

Snohomish County solid waste facilities returning to normal hours this weekend

Snohomish County Public Works announced Friday that solid waste facilities in the county will be open during regular business hours this weekend, eliminating a previously scheduled closure of the facilities for Sunday, Sept. 25.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
Violent crimes in Seattle reach ‘14-year high’ in 2021, according to report from SPD