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December 19, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Crime drops in Seattle, Everett in first half of 2011

Violent crime and property crime in Seattle dropped in the first half of 2011 compared with the same period last year, according to preliminary statistics released today by the FBI.

From January to June of this year, there were 1,660 violent crimes in Seattle compared to 1,681 during the first half of 2010. Violent crimes include homicide, forcible rape, assault and robbery. There were four homicides in Seattle during the first half of this year, and  seven during the same period in 2010.

 There were 15,216 property crimes in Seattle in the first half of this year compared to 17,223 during the same period last year. Included in the property crimes category are burglary, theft and car theft.

Everett also saw a drop in violent and property crimes. There were 242 violent crimes in the city in the first half of 2011 and 271 in the first half of 2010. There were 3,560 property crimes reported to Everett police between January and June of 2011 compared to 4,006 in 2010.

In Bellevue, violent crimes increased slightly during the first half of 2011, with 73 this year compared to 68 in 2010. Property crimes dipped this year, going from 1,852 in the first half of 2010 to 1,701 during the same period in 2011.

Overall, the FBI says the preliminary figures show that there was a nationwide decrease of 6.4 percent in the number of violent crimes in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.  The number of property crimes in the U.S. from January to June of 2011 decreased 3.7 percent when compared with 2010.

To view the full FBI report, click here.

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