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A few streets responsible for half of Seattle's crime
Seattle PI ^ | 3/29/2011

Posted on 04/01/2011 9:40:16 AM PDT by Altura Ct.

Based on 14 years worth of data that shows half of Seattle's crimes take place on 4.5 percent of its streets, the Office of the City Auditor released a study March 29 recommending the Seattle Police Department focus its energy on a handful of high-crime areas.

The report, "Addressing Crime and Disorder in Seattle's 'Hot Spots': What Works?," was spurred when Seattle City Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Tom Rasmussen asked the Office of the City Auditor to look into how the city was dealing with graffiti and litter.

That process led to research that suggested efforts to focus on high-crime city blocks, or hot spots, can be effective in reducing crime and disorder, according to the Office of the City Auditor. Furthermore, the report finds, counter to what some may think, displacing crime and disorder in one area does not move it to an adjacent area.

The March 29 report references three studies of crime in Seattle that bolster its hot spot theory.

A 2004 study of data from the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Public Utilities showed 50 percent of Seattle's crime was perpetrated in 4.5 percent of its "street segments." In other words, 1,500 street segment, out of 30,000 in the city, were responsible for half the crime. And, crime in those hot spots remained stable for 14 years.

A 2009 study of juvenile crimes showed that 86 (0.29 percent) of Seattle's 30,000 street segments were responsible for one-third of juvenile crime over a 14-year period.

Finally, a study in 2010 showed that violent crimes, physical disorder (such as graffiti and litter) and social disorder (such as public drunkenness) concentrate at hot spots. About 12 percent of census blocks accounted for almost half of Seattle's social disorder and graffiti and other physical disorders were strongly correlated to the presence of violent crimes, according to the study.

"These 'powerful few' hot spots are responsible for many of the disorder problems in Seattle," according to the Office of the City Auditor's report.

The report concludes that it would be more efficient and effective for SPD to focus on the 1,500 hot spots responsible for half the city's crime than to attempt to focus on the equivalent 6,108 offenders responsible for the same amount of crime each year.

Hot spot approaches to policing have been successful in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Jersey City, Oakland and elsewhere, according to the Office of the City Auditor.

In order to replicate that success, the report recommends SPD use data to identify hot spots, focus resources there and collaborate with community stakeholders, such as neighbors, business association, churches and neighborhood watch groups.

According to the Office of the City Auditor's report, focusing on hot spots would not require funding an entirely new program; SPD would just have to use existing resources in a better way. For example, SPD could spend discretionary dollars on a few small hot spots instead of spreading them thin across all neighborhoods.

But, that approach may not go over well with residents outside of hot spots who continue to push for increased police presence and see themselves as deserving as the same amount of SPD energy as their more troubled neighbors.

The city attempted a small version of a hot spot program in October 2010.

As part of the Clean and Green Seattle Initiative, SPD partnered with property owners, neighbors, nonprofits and others to clean up the intersection of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, where there had been a 30-year history of open-air drug dealing.

According to SPD, calls from that intersection dropped from an average of 30 per month to nine in December 2010.

The Department of the City Auditor concludes its report by offering to work with city leaders on their decision-making process regarding a hot spot policing approach.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: crime; seattle

1 posted on 04/01/2011 9:40:18 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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2 posted on 04/01/2011 9:43:02 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Altura Ct.

"...let me guess...the Amish district"

3 posted on 04/01/2011 9:43:52 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Altura Ct.

That’s the way it is in pretty much all cities large and small.


4 posted on 04/01/2011 9:44:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Altura Ct.

I bet one of the streets is named “Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.”


5 posted on 04/01/2011 9:45:26 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: sionnsar

So the City Auditor came up with this? Not the police?


6 posted on 04/01/2011 9:45:42 AM PDT by battlecry
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To: Altura Ct.

I would assume the Rainier Valley and parts of the Central, although the latter was being gentrified by the Capitol Hill crowd when I was living there. The areas around Pioneer Square are a little seedy, but I assume most of the crime there centers on fights over the last bottle of Thunderbird.


7 posted on 04/01/2011 9:47:03 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Cowboy Bob

You nailed it dead on. I am NOT surprised. Runs right through the “CD” (Central District).


8 posted on 04/01/2011 9:48:39 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: sionnsar

Business unfortunately.

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9 posted on 04/01/2011 9:49:14 AM PDT by rockrr ("Remember PATCO!")
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To: Altura Ct.

20 years since I’ve been there but I’m guessing the CD.


10 posted on 04/01/2011 9:51:09 AM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: Cowboy Bob

23rd runs parallel to MLKJr Way and is about 6 blocks away from it. Any sane person who knows the area shouldn’t be driving down MLK Way without either heavy armor or heavily armed.

Actually, they shouldn’t be driving in that area at all if they’re smart.


11 posted on 04/01/2011 9:53:10 AM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: Altura Ct.

For some reason “Posse on Broadway” by Sir Mix-A-Lot is running through my head. (Yes, children, he had a recording career before “Baby Got Back”.)


12 posted on 04/01/2011 9:54:29 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Cowboy Bob
And another is named “Roosevelt.”
13 posted on 04/01/2011 9:55:40 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Doogle
"...let me guess...the Amish district"

You got somethin' against the Amish, just 'cause of the color of their hats?? ;-)
14 posted on 04/01/2011 9:56:44 AM PDT by Chiltepe
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To: Chiltepe

Of course, there must just be some coincidence, because “all cultures are equal”.

Perhaps the problem is in the definition of “crime”.
If we’d just define crime by another standard other than “whitey’s”, then whitey would be the group that had the highest “crime” statistics.

It’s all a matter of cultural relativism, you know.
Whitey’s opinion on what is and isn’t a crime is being forced on everyone else.


15 posted on 04/01/2011 10:00:32 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Altura Ct.
Based on 14 years worth of data that shows half of Seattle's crimes take place on 4.5 percent of its streets
It took 14 years for someone to figure this out?
16 posted on 04/01/2011 10:10:06 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Altura Ct.

Put those Street in prison!

If streets commit crime, outlaw streets, lanes, and highways!

It’s not the street’s fault; its criminal behavior was due to a poor gravel underlayment.

Streets don’t commit crime; Cars do!

Three potholes, and you’re out!

Kill all the streets and let Gaia sort them out.


17 posted on 04/01/2011 10:15:00 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The 0bamaNation of America slides toward death as planned.)
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To: All

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18 posted on 04/01/2011 10:22:12 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Cowboy Bob
I bet one of the streets is named “Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Compton Blvd., Central Ave. and Cesar Chavez Blvd. are also good candidates.
19 posted on 04/01/2011 10:25:08 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: oh8eleven
>>>It took 14 years for someone to figure this out? <<<

As a Seattle resident since 1962 I am continually amazed at how fast our liberal, Progressive, socialist leaders can make decisions.

This is actually "blindingly fast" fact finding for Seattle......next question is how many years will it take the city fathers to decide to act on the data.....

I predict a 6 year study to see if street lighting, additional unarmed police, signs declaring "High Crime Area", or having whistles attached to lampposts for victims to blow will be more effective.

20 posted on 04/01/2011 10:38:30 AM PDT by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Seems like those hot spots would be good places to go back to having cops walking a beat. More visibility and more interaction with the people.


21 posted on 04/01/2011 10:40:13 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Altura Ct.

Democrats’ solution? Ban the streets!


22 posted on 04/01/2011 11:38:43 AM PDT by Boogieman (")
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To: hadit2here

“Any sane person who knows the area shouldn’t be driving down MLK Way”

According to the old Chris Rock bit, you don’t even need to know the area. If you are on a street named after MLK anywhere in America, RUN!


23 posted on 04/01/2011 11:40:08 AM PDT by Boogieman (")
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To: Altura Ct.

Combat crime, quit paying for illegitimacy (the vast majority of criminals come from single mother households).


24 posted on 04/01/2011 11:47:14 AM PDT by Varda
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To: Altura Ct.

Another success story brought to you by LBJs Great Society. < /s > ;~((


25 posted on 04/01/2011 11:52:17 AM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Clemenza

I have never seen a cop in the Pioneer Square area, but used to see cops in the Bowery, but that was in the days of cops walking a beat.


26 posted on 04/01/2011 12:02:35 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Let me see if I can guess without reading the article:

Martin Luther King Boulevard
Malcolm X Boulevard
Cesar Chavez Boulevard

How did I do?


27 posted on 04/01/2011 12:04:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Chiltepe

nuttin


28 posted on 04/01/2011 12:55:25 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: HardStarboard
This is actually "blindingly fast" fact finding for Seattle..
Compare that to what Rudy Giuliani did in NYC.
29 posted on 04/01/2011 1:09:15 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Altura Ct.

This amazes me. 1st a 14 year study cost how much? And it looks like there was a study to study the summary and write an additional report...how much did that jewel cost? To study something law enforcement uses as a tool, wasn’t it some type of “containment policy” to allow certain areas to have these kind of problems sparing more desirable neighborhoods from similar crime?

An egregious waste of resources. They could have had learned the same results by walking into a squad room and talking to some veteran officers for free.


30 posted on 04/01/2011 1:25:04 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Boogieman

When was Empire Way renamed MLK Blvd.?


31 posted on 04/01/2011 2:06:08 PM PDT by CDB
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“When was Empire Way renamed MLK Blvd.?”

1983, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_streets_named_after_Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.#cite_note-11


32 posted on 04/01/2011 4:20:29 PM PDT by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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To: ShorelineMike

Thanks.

I was serving in Asia and missed it.


33 posted on 04/01/2011 6:44:17 PM PDT by CDB
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To: CDB; ShorelineMike

Not only that but.....

The county was originally named after William Rufus King who was Vice-President when the Washington Territory was created. In 1986 a motion was introduced by Ron Sims (a black Democrat from Seattle), and Bruce Laing (a white Republican from suburban Renton) to rename the county after Martin Luther King, Jr. No public hearings or votes were taken on the change.


34 posted on 04/01/2011 6:45:28 PM PDT by The SISU kid (I feel really homesick all the time & so do all the other aliens.....)
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To: The SISU kid
,The county was originally named after William Rufus King who was Vice-President when the Washington Territory was created. In 1986 a motion was introduced by Ron Sims (a black Democrat from Seattle), and Bruce Laing (a white Republican from suburban Renton) to rename the county after Martin Luther King, Jr. No public hearings or votes were taken on the change.

Good, it will be easy to undo after the revolution.

35 posted on 04/01/2011 8:20:48 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Smart Bombs are the answer.


36 posted on 04/01/2011 9:51:20 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Altura Ct.

I stay out of Seattle. I used to a Mariners game once a year but not anymore. My wife is from Everett and we go there once in a while but only to visit family and friends in relatively safe neighborhoods.


37 posted on 04/02/2011 6:56:13 AM PDT by Grunthor (The man or woman who doesn't forgive has forgotten the price that Christ paid for them on the Cross.)
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To: The SISU kid; CDB

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Not only that but.....

The county was originally named after William Rufus King who was Vice-President when the Washington Territory was created. In 1986 a motion was introduced by Ron Sims (a black Democrat from Seattle), and Bruce Laing (a white Republican from suburban Renton) to rename the county after Martin Luther King, Jr. No public hearings or votes were taken on the change.
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Yeah, I remember that fiasco. The County Which Shall Remain Nameless (lol) spent a half-a-million dollars just to change the *county logo* from that of a crown to that of a likeness of MLK. Never mind what else has been spent to assuage the County’s political correctness bug ...

Since we renamed KING County, and William Rufus deVane King was Vice-President when the Washington Territory was created, shouldn’t we rename PIERCE County as well? After all, Franklin Pierce was President at the time ...


38 posted on 04/03/2011 6:14:37 AM PDT by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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To: ShorelineMike

I wonder whether the LA Kings ice hockey team will change their obviously racist “crown” logo and stop “dissing” MLK.


39 posted on 04/03/2011 9:23:48 AM PDT by CDB
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