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FBI Releases 2012 Crime Statistics for Washington State

FBI Seattle September 17, 2013
  • Public Affairs Specialist Ayn S. Dietrich (206) 622-0460

Yesterday, the FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report for American cities. Nationally, the violent crime rate increased slightly—by 0.7 percent—in 2012 compared to 2011. Property crime fell for the 10th year in a row, dropping by 0.9 percent.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program collects data on specific violent crimes (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and specific property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). In 2012, five of the seven categories saw decreases nationally; only the number of murders and aggravated assaults increased, and those increases were slight (0.4 percent for each per 100,000 people).

Highlights from cities with populations of more than 100,000 people in Washington—comparing 2012 to 2011—are:

  • The rate of violent crime for Washington’s cities increased by 0.1 percent (per 100,000 people), and its property crime rate increased by 2.2 percent (per 100,000 people) from 2011 to 2012.
  • In Seattle, there was a decrease in the number of burglaries. There were slight increases in the numbers of murders/non-negligent manslaughters and robberies and increases in the numbers of rapes, aggravated assaults, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts.
  • In Bellevue, there was a decrease in the number of larceny-thefts. There were slight increases in the numbers of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (from 1 to 2) and rapes and increases in the numbers of robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, and motor vehicle thefts.
  • In Everett, there was a significant decrease in the number of and larceny-thefts, and decreases in the numbers of murders/non-negligent manslaughters, rapes, and aggravated assaults. There was a slight increase in the number of burglaries and increases in the numbers of robberies and motor vehicle thefts.
  • In Kent, there were decreases in the numbers of robberies and aggravated assaults. There was a slight increase in the number of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (from 1 to 2) and increases in the numbers of rapes, burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts.
  • In Spokane, there was a decrease in the number of rapes. There were increases in the numbers of murders/non-negligent manslaughters, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts.
  • In Tacoma, there were decreases in the number of rapes and motor vehicle thefts. There was a slight increase in the number of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (from 11 to 12) and increases in the numbers of robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, and larceny thefts.
  • In Vancouver, there were decreases in the numbers of murders/non-negligent manslaughters, rapes, robberies, and larceny thefts. There were increases in aggravated assaults, burglaries, and motor vehicle thefts.

The breakdown for these Washington state cities is:

Bellevue

Crime20112012
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 1 2
Forcible rape 23 26
Robbery 58 67
Aggravated assault 58 66
Burglary 607 685
Larceny-theft 2,775 2,649
Motor vehicle theft 157 169


Everett

Crime20112012
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 5 1
Forcible rape 49 46
Robbery 143 182
Aggravated assault 253 252
Burglary 1,163 4,281
Larceny-theft 5,415 4,281
Motor vehicle theft 925 970


Kent

Crime20112012
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 1 2
Forcible rape 60 68
Robbery 210 194
Aggravated assault 306 279
Burglary 1,223 1,239
Larceny-theft 2,977 3,365
Motor vehicle theft 789 864


Seattle

Crime20112012
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 20 23
Forcible rape 100 119
Robbery 1,418 1,421
Aggravated assault 2,126 2,183
Burglary 6,807 6,523
Larceny-theft 21,585 21,852
Motor vehicle theft 3,400 3,556


Spokane

Crime20112012
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 4 13
Forcible rape 84 81
Robbery 484 537
Aggravated assault 732 738
Burglary 3,030 3,827
Larceny-theft 10,231 12,600
Motor vehicle theft 1,778 2,095


Tacoma

Crime20112012
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 11 12
Forcible rape 125 93
Robbery 446 486
Aggravated assault 925 1,024
Burglary 2,709 2,965
Larceny-theft 7,228 7,995
Motor vehicle theft 2,125 1,906


Vacouver

Crime20112012
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 9 5
Forcible rape 102 72
Robbery 185 172
Aggravated assault 337 343
Burglary 950 1,044
Larceny-theft 4,629 4,343
Motor vehicle theft 868 1,091

 

Across the nation, more than 18,000 city, county, state, federal, college/university, and tribal law enforcement agencies voluntarily contribute data to this annual report.

The FBI simply compiles the information as it is provided from local jurisdictions. You will need to contact those local jurisdictions for any analysis of the numbers listed above. Also note that the report features a prominent message cautioning against using the statistics to rank cities or counties. Such rankings can lead to simplistic or incomplete analyses, overlooking the many variables impacting crime and its reporting.

The FBI has been producing the Uniform Crime Report since 1930.

- Crime in the United States, 2012
- Information on other cities in Washington State (spreadsheet)