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Washington Crime Statistics

This page contains crime numbers for Washington. You can take a look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime figures over time, and see how Washington compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Washington, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 3,045,024 total crimes reported in Washington (215,434 of them violent). Of the 304,502 crimes that happen every year in Washington, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Washington 35 times every hour. This includes 1,864 murders, 27,317 rapes, and greater than two million thefts (including 393,386 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Washington for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Washington has lessened by 13%. During the same interval, violent crime didn't change. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 10 years in Washington. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to two hundred and ninety-two thousand for Washington in 2009.

Crime Trends in Washington (1999-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like Washington (1999-2008)

Users are warned against reading into ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a given location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or variations in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual chart bars to see crime numbers in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Washington law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Washington conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.