If you live in the Seattle metro area and are curious about the crime stats in your area of the city, I urge you to do the following:
- Go to this site and find what tract you live in.
- After you find your tract number, go to Seattle Police Dept Crime Stats Page and select a search.
For the search that I did, I selected the current month that they had data for (e.g. September) and then did YTD for the “Part I Index Crimes by Census Tract”.
Also, the difference between Part I and Part II Crimes is defined as the following: “Part I crimes are comprised of serious felonies and Part II crimes are comprised of non serious felonies and misdemeanors. Together these two types of classifications make up the crimes reported in the Uniform Crime Reports.” In addition, make sure to read the SPD guide on things to consider when reading/interpreting the data.
Needless to say, the numbers that I saw for my tract were mind boggling. If you have the time, check it out, and let me know what you find out. Was what you saw higher/lower/on par with what you expected? I know for me it was above what I thought. Guess it puts it all into perspective.