Overall Rate for the Most Serious Crimes Drops Significantly in Yakima

The overall rate for the most serious crimes in Yakima dropped more than 20% in 2013 when compared to the previous year. The rates for the majority of what are referred to by the FBI as “Part 1 crimes” declined significantly in 2013 from what they were in 2012 while those for two categories rose. But when considered as a whole, the rate for Part 1 crimes decreased last year by 20.2% from 2012 levels.

According to the latest “Crime in the United States” report, which has not yet been published by the FBI, the rate of vehicle thefts in Yakima decreased year to year by 51.14% (691 in 2013 vs. 1267 in 2012), the larceny rate went down by 14.90% (2749 in 2013 vs. 3230 in 2012), aggravated assaults
dropped by 18.89% (219 in 2013 vs. 270 in 2012), burglaries declined by 29.00% (1146 in 2013 vs. 1615 in 2012), and incidents of rape reduced by 37.25% (32 in 2013 vs. 51 in 2012). The homicide rate increased by 14.28% (8 in 2013 vs. 7 in 2012) and robberies rose by 15.29% (181 in 2013 vs. 157 in 2012).

The FBI has been tracking and analyzing crime data through its Uniform Crime Reports (“UCR”) program since 1930. Today the UCR program processes information from more than 18,000
city, county, state, federal, tribal, and university and college law enforcement agencies.