If the most important first step in fixing a problem is measuring it, a new report from the city might help Seattle stem the rising tide of hate crime. May 20: A man smashed a car window with a baseball bat at the Fremont 7-Eleven. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) prevents crime, enforces laws, and supports quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional, and dependable police services. What crime? FREE, Insta-worthy Mini Photo Sessions with Shoott! Also: when we talk about expanding treatment programs for drug addiction, I would hope there is a component of sensitivity training that goes along with it. In April 2019 alone, there have been 89 shots fired calls, the second highest for that month over the last five years behind 2017 when there were 92. Importantly, we found that Seattle has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. Please. I just never see or experience those instances. SEATTLE'S Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone saw a 525 percent surge in crime, two fatal shootings and robberies before police moved in and crushed protest camps. The shooting suspect was arrested in mid-May in Renton. CHAZ is the ultimate result of Democratic leadership and its addition to Seattle’s crime rate shows it. Join the Capitol Hill Seattle Facebook Group Smith was holding a knife and had threatened to kill his girlfriend at their Lower Queen Anne apartment. All-in, the city of Seattle has seen a 21% increase in burglaries. Every single time it’s an aggressive meth head, delusional crack head or delusional drug addict doing the harassing. That is up 25% over the previous year and up 313% in the five-year period starting 2014. While almost every Seattle neighborhood had a shooting call in 2019, more than half the 251 shots calls came from 13 neighborhoods: Of the 73 aggravated assaults that involved guns, five neighborhoods stood out for having higher numbers, according to SPD data: None of these figures include incidents that occurred in May, however. The new ordinance would remove Seattle’s malicious harassment crime, the city’s current hate crime statute, and replace it with a “special allegation of hate crime motivation,” giving the City Attorney’s office greater range in prosecuting crimes targeting protected classes and the ability to ask for greater penalties on more serious cases: This ordinance authorizes the City Attorney to allege that a criminal incident of assault, harassment or property destruction was motivated by the defendant’s perception of the victim’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, mental handicap, physical handicap, sensory handicap, homelessness, marital status, political ideology, age, or parental status. About an hour later, someone opened fire on a card game at a home along South Jackson Street. The police aren't around much, and when you need them, they aren't reliable. Police seized a gun and two vehicles at the scene. The rise is terrible but also shows SPD’s relatively small bias crimes unit is making progress in encouraging more people to report the crimes and shaping the department to take bias complaints more seriously. May 21: Just after midnight, a 19-year-old was shot in the Rainier Vista neighborhood near Columbia City along the 4300 block of Jill Place South. Niche requires Javascript to work correctly. There have been 251 "shots fired" calls so far this year. Somewhat safe. May 4: A woman caught between two groups was shot at the Arco gas station at 23rd Avenue and Cherry Street. May 5: After 2 a.m., a Seattle officer confronted a gunman who had shot and wounded another man in Pioneer Square. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In Seattle, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 19, which is a rate of 53 per one thousand population. As the Capitol Hill Seattle news site reported Monday, ... the victims were transported away and the crime scene disturbed by the time police got there, the police said. The report also shows that, under the current hate crime statute, most prosecutions involve incidents at public places like bus stops or businesses where there are lots of witnesses present. The auditor also says that another category of bias crime — hate graffiti — is a more widely spread type of bias in Seattle that SPD should investigate more seriously along with a set of larger recommendations for SPD’s hate crime investigations: Keep in mind that these numbers don’t include the many people who have given up on the Seattle Police and no longer bother to call them. May 8: Near 7 p.m., Seattle officers shot and killed Ryan M. Smith, 31. The woman was able to drive herself from the scene. Amid other findings, the auditor says that the hate crime reporting data showed neighborhoods like Capitol Hill and the Central District are areas where bias incidents have been concentrated. Replacing the crime of malicious harassment with the new special allegation of hate crime motivation will have three major impacts, according to a city council staff memo on the legislation from last June.