Did you know that last year was the safest year (crime-wise) in Seattle since 1967! Now you can tell your friends and neighbors who are always going on and on about how dangerous places have become and how it used to be different when they were children, that things haven’t really changed that much. So much for the good old days of the 1960s. It surprised me too!
Major Crimes in Seattle were down citywide by 6% when compared with the 2009 – this is led by the fact that robberies were down 20% (twenty percent!) when compared with 2009! Property crimes were likewise down 5% when compared with 2009. In fact, the only increase, and a very slight increase it was, was in vehicle thefts. If you want more information about these stats or want to look at the crime statistics for the past several years, you should check out this website. It’s always good to be a well-informed citizen.
It’s great to know that we live in a safer place today than we did last year. But I can’t help but believe that a good part of the reason why Seattle has become a safer place is because people like you are working hard to protect themselves and their families. While 1967 may have had the same number of crimes per population, I’d bet that without proper protections and securities those numbers would be far different (and likely higher).
By installing alarm systems, locking front doors, keeping watching while you are walking in a less-than-perfect neighborhood, instigating neighborhood watch programs, and generally keeping your wits about you. It’s the small things that make a difference, but they sure do help. We have always been advocates of taking your fortune into your own hands – by installing safes, alarm systems, fire alarms and whatnot you can prevent that robber who might be monitoring your home, or catch the fire in your kitchen before it spreads to the bedrooms.
What do you do to keep yourself safe? Have you noticed your neighborhood changing in the past few years? Did 2010 feel any safer to you than 2009 or even 2000 did? What are your suggestions for other people who want to keep their homes and family safe? Does the city feel safer to you than it used to?