Safety >> Crime >> Property Crime >> Trends by Region

Since 2007, property crime has declined in all areas of King County except unincorporated areas and North Region cities, where rates were already relatively low.    

Crime diminishes the health of our communities through fear, erosion of community cohesion, diversion of public resources, property damage, injury, incarceration, and death.

The 2011 rate of property crime (burglary, larceny/theft, car theft and arson) in King County was 4,065 per 100,000 population.

  • From 1997 to 2011, King County’s rate of property crime declined significantly.
  • This long-term decline also occurred in the county’s city-defined regions and unincorporated areas.  
  • After some local increases around 2005, property crime fell between 2007 and 2011 in all but unincorporated areas and North Region cities, which had relatively low rates at the start of that period.
  • Per capita crime rates and trends for King County cities and Seattle are available at Social Capital Review. Please see 3 "Crime Rates" links below.