FBI Seattle
Public Affairs Specialist Ayn Dietrich-Williams
(206) 622-0460
November 10, 2014

The FBI Releases 2013 Crime Statistics for Washington State

Today, the FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report for American cities. Nationally, the estimated number of violent crimes decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent, marking the 11th straight year the collective estimates for property crime offenses declined.

The UCR Program collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding the violent crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. (Although the FBI classifies arson as a property crime, it does not estimate arson data because of variations in the level of participation by the reporting agencies. Consequently, arson is not included in the property crime estimate.) The program also collects arrest data for the offenses listed above plus 20 offenses that include all other crimes except traffic violations.

Highlights from cities with populations of more than 100,000 people in Washington—comparing 2013 to 2012—are:

  1. The rate of violent crime for Washington’s cities decreased from 295.6 offenses per 100,000 city inhabitants to 289.1. Nationally, the estimated rate of violent crime was 367.9 offenses per 100,000 city inhabitants.
  2. The rate of property crime for Washington’s cities increased slightly from 3,658.6 offenses per 100,000 city inhabitants to 3,710.3. Nationally, the estimated rate of property crimes was 2,730.7 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. These rates do not include arsons.
  3. In Seattle, there was a sizable decrease in the number of aggravated assaults. There were four less murders and non-negligent manslaughters.
  4. In Bellevue, there were sizable decreases in the numbers of rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults.
  5. In Everett, there were sizable decreases in the numbers of rapes, aggravated assaults, burglaries, and arsons.
  6. In Kent, there were sizable decreases in the numbers of robberies, aggravated assaults, and burglaries.
  7. In Spokane, there was a sizable decrease in the number of robberies. There were two less murders and non-negligent manslaughters
  8. In Tacoma, there were two less murders and non-negligent manslaughters.
  9. In Vancouver, there were sizable decreases in the numbers of robberies, burglaries, larceny thefts, motor vehicle thefts, and arsons. There were three less murders and non-negligent manslaughters.

The breakdown for these Washington state cities is:

Bellevue

2012

2013

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

2

1

Forcible Rape

26

20

Robbery

67

48

Aggravated Assault

66

56

Burglary

685

688

Larceny-theft

2,649

3,013

Motor vehicle theft

169

248

Arson

24

23

 

Everett

2012

2013

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

1

1

Forcible rape

46

42

Robbery

182

192

Aggravated assault

252

208

Burglary

1,165

1,129

Larceny-theft

4,281

4,702

Motor vehicle theft

970

1,034

Arson

29

19

 

Kent

2012

2013

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

2

2

Forcible Rape

68

58 (not comparable*)

Robbery

194

160

Aggravated Assault

279

99

Burglary

1,239

1,061

Larceny-theft

3,365

3,669

Motor vehicle theft

864

870

Arson 15 26

 

Seattle

2012

2013

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

23

19

Forcible rape

119

153 (not comparable*)

Robbery

1,421

1,601

Aggravated assault

2,183

1,985

Burglary

6,523

7,384

Larceny-theft

21,852

24,189

Motor vehicle theft

3,556

4,310

Arson

77

90

 

Spokane

 2012

 2013

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

13

11

Forcible Rape

81

166

Robbery

537

518

Aggravated Assault

738

745

Burglary

3,827

3,889

Larceny-theft

12,600

13,352

Motor vehicle theft

2,095

2,290

Arson

44

59

 

Tacoma

 2012

 2013

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

12

10

Forcible Rape

93

144 (not comparable*)

Robbery

486

524

Aggravated Assault

1,024

1,088

Burglary

2,965

3,086

Larceny-theft

7,995

8,200

Motor vehicle theft

1,906

2,024

Arson

72

90

 

Vancouver

2012

2013

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

5

2

Forcible Rape

72

74 (not comparable*)

Robbery

172

146

Aggravated Assault

343

371

Burglary

1,044

1,007

Larceny-theft

4,343

3,950

Motor vehicle theft

1,091

976

Arson

47

36

For specific information on other cities within Washington, please refer to the attached crime table or access it online here. Also attached is a portion of the crime statistics by state, showing crimes in Washington by population groups.

To compare those statistics with other states, view Table 5 online.

Across the nation, more than 18,400 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.  There are numerous other combinations of the 2013 data posted online here.

*Note: In many cases, the reader should not compare the number of rapes in 2012 to those in 2013. The FBI changed the definition of rape and, thus, the reporting from one year to the next is not comparable for cities that used the legacy definition for 2012 and the new definition for 2013.

Prior to 2013, the FBI’s UCR Program collected rape data in the Summary Reporting System under the category “forcible rape.” In 2013, the Program removed the term “forcible” from the title, and revised the definition. The legacy UCR definition of rape is “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” The revised UCR definition of rape is “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”