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What You Need to Know About the Washington Crime Rate

Jul 25, 2023|

Washington is a lovely state that offers residents amazing views of the ocean, vast mountain ranges, and practically endless forests. While there are numerous peaceful and safe places to live in Washington, it's not free of crime. Every city in The Evergreen State experiences crime from time to time. When taking both violent and property crimes into account, the Washington crime rate is around 34.69 per 1,000 residents.

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Crime in Seattle

With a population of just under 725,500, Seattle is the largest city in Washington. It's home to much of the country's tech industry.

Because Seattle is a large urban destination, its crime rate is higher than that of many cities in Washington. Seattle crime rates per 1,000 residents are 8.02 for violent crimes and 55.47 for property crimes. In total, around 46,601 crimes were reported during the 2021 calendar year.

Crime in Tacoma

Tacoma is a large city to the south of Seattle that provides residents and tourists alike with access to Mount Rainier National Park.

Crime rates in Tacoma are around 12 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 68.78 per 1,000 residents for property crimes. Both of these rates are well above the state average. About 15,076 of the 17,705 reported crimes are property crimes.

Crime in Spokane

Spokane is a vibrant destination in eastern Washington that's home to the largest urban waterfall in the country. Many homes are available in the Tudor style, which properly reflects the city's rich history and culture.

Spokane crime rates per 1,000 residents are 6.35 for violent crimes and 46.65 for property crimes. More than 12,000 crimes were reported in 2021.

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Crime in Olympia

Olympia is the capital of Washington and the home of the historical Washington State Capitol Building. While it's a relatively affluent destination, the cost of living is just 7% above the national average.

The crime rates in Olympia are slightly higher than the state average: 4.38 per 1,000 residents and 37.36 per 1,000 residents for violent and property crimes, respectively. Around 2,334 crimes were reported in 2021.

Crime in Bellingham

Bellingham is a serene coastal city that's near the Canadian border. It's home to North Cascades National Park as well as Mount Baker.

The Bellingham crime rates per 1,000 residents are 4.27 for violent crimes and 52.80 for property crimes. Combining the two types, around 5,267 crimes were reported in 2021.

Crime in Vancouver

Vancouver is a small city toward the north end of the Columbia River. Residents have many opportunities for outdoor recreation, which includes everything from fishing and swimming to golfing. The Grant Street Pier is a favorite destination among the people who live in the area.

You'll discover that the crime rates in Vancouver are 5.77 per 1,000 residents for violent crimes and 48.3 per 1,000 residents for property crimes.

Crime in Bellevue

Bellevue is a large city just across from Lake Washington that serves as another home for major tech companies. Organizations like T-Mobile and Eddie Bauer have headquarters in Bellevue.

The vehicle and property crime rates in Bellevue are around 1.25 per 1,000 residents and 34.84 per 1,000 residents, respectively. The violent crime rate is far lower than the state average of 3.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. In fact, fewer than 200 violent crimes were reported in 2021.

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Vehicle theft in Washington

Vehicle theft is especially common in Washington. In fact, this state ranks third in car thefts, behind California and Texas. In 2022, nearly 47,000 vehicle thefts were reported in Washington.

If you're looking for a way to protect your vehicle, Car Guard has you covered. If someone tries to steal your vehicle—or even just bumps into it—you immediately receive an alert to your phone. Along with disturbance alerts, you also benefit from the ability to track your car's location.

Vivint Car Guard pairs perfectly with the Outdoor Camera Pro for ultimate vehicle protection. If a thief approaches your car, the Outdoor Camera Pro will start recording, shine a flashing light, and sound a loud whistle, scaring the would-be thief away before they have a chance to strike.

Benefits of a home security system and home automation in Washington

Home security and automation can help keep you safe and make your life more convenient, no matter where you live.

Here’s what a security system can do for you:

  • Increase security: Home security systems are made up of security sensors, safety alarms, and cameras that detect movement in and around your home. If someone tries to break in, you'll immediately receive an alert on the Vivint app.
  • Deter criminals: There are two aspects of our security systems that deter criminals. The primary one is the signs you post in your front yard displaying Vivint as the company that provides your service. Second, our motion detection lights turn on when someone gets too close to your home’s windows and doors, discouraging unwanted guests on your property.
  • Greater energy savings: Once you connect your home appliances to our Vivint Smart Hub, the system will smartly manage the devices to help with regulating energy use. With a smart thermostat, you can reduce energy consumption by only using your HVAC unit when necessary.
  • More control: Every device you connect to your Smart Hub can be monitored and controlled through the Vivint app. For instance, you can turn your indoor lights off from the Vivint app while you're at work or running errands.
  • Customized actions: Your home security system can be customized to meet your unique needs. We’ll install security sensors on specific windows and doors. Our safety alarms alert you to a fire or a flood. Add Vivint’s outdoor and doorbell cameras for visual security and all-around peace of mind.
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Protecting your Washington home with Vivint

No matter where in Washington you decide to call home, a home security system can help keep your home and family safe.

To learn how a Vivint security system can transform your home into a smart home while providing you with top-of-the-line protection, contact us today at 855.822.1220.

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