New report says crime in Everett will decline in 2023

New report says crime in Everett will decline in 2023

EVERETT – Murder, sex crimes and other violent crimes declined in Snohomish County in 2023, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

The organization reported an overall decline in violent and property crime across the state last year. This follows a steady increase in reports in recent years. However, crimes such as hate crimes and car thefts increased statewide.

The 590-page report summarized data from more than 200 law enforcement agencies, including many from Snohomish County.

In 2023, there were 376 murders in the state, a 5.8% decrease from 2022, the data said. Violent crime decreased 5.5%, according to the data. In 2022, the state recorded 394 murders, the highest number since 1980.

In Everett, police reported a 1.5% decrease in overall crime in 2023.

“While it’s always nice to see crime numbers decline, the reality is that we still see a significant number of serious crimes and misdemeanors in our community,” city spokeswoman Simone Tarver wrote in an email Tuesday. “These incidents have a major impact on our residents and businesses, as well as on our community’s sense of safety.”

Homicides decreased slightly in Everett, from 12 in 2022 to 10 last year. In 2022, Snohomish County recorded 24 murders, double the number from the previous year. In Everett, for example, there were only four murders in 2021.

Burglaries, which are defined by law as an unauthorized entry into a building with a weapon or an assault on a person, fell by nearly 10%, according to the data. Robberies, in which a person uses force to take personal property from another person, rose by about 2% in Everett.

Motor vehicle thefts in Everett increased 23% in 2023, with 1,268 incidents reported.

Rape rates fell by 15 percent, while other sexual crimes such as groping fell by 37 percent, the report said.

Simple assault, typically a serious misdemeanor, increased by nearly 3%. Aggravated assault, a crime that can result in serious bodily harm or death, decreased by about 12%.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office in unincorporated Snohomish County reported a 3.2% drop in overall crime. A sheriff’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

However, MPs reported that the number of murders doubled in 2023, rising from 3 to 6.

The report found a dramatic decline in property crime, with burglaries dropping by over 20 percent and robberies dropping by 24 percent. However, auto theft increased dramatically by 28.6 percent.

According to the report, the number of rapes fell by 30% from 2022.

The number of physical injuries increased: there was an increase of 21.3 percent for simple physical injuries and 3.4 percent for serious physical injuries.

Hate crimes increased 6% statewide last year. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reported nine hate crimes, including three against people with disabilities. That’s up from five in 2022. Everett police reported 16 incidents, including seven against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Unlike much of the state, that’s a decrease from the previous year.

In 2022, hate crimes statewide decreased by 8.2% compared to 2021.

In cities like Marysville, Arlington and Lynnwood, overall crime has increased.

Maya Tizon: 425-339-3434; [email protected]; Twitter: @mayatizon.