An approximate rendering of non-Seattle America, according to the city's only daily. When it comes to parsing Seattle's crime rate, context is important.
An approximate rendering of non-Seattle America, according to the city's only daily.When it comes to parsing Seattle's crime rate, context is important.
In the first half of 2009, the city had more reported violent and property crimes than in the year previous, standing counter to the nationwide trend. But since these figures come on the heels of 40-year lows, you could make the argument that crime is just returning to more "normal" levels.
The Seattle Times editorial board understands this. That's why, in a piece entitled "Parsing the crime stats," they offer that same context. Except when it comes to the economy.
Nationwide, violent crime and property crimes have decreased. So what explains Seattle's uptick? One answer readily given by criminologists is that crime tends to rise during tough economic times.