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Amazon Relocates Downtown Seattle Employees Due To Recent Crime Wave

Amazon announced a few days ago that it would temporarily be relocating employees from its downtown Seattle office located on pine street. The office is located about half a mile from the Amazon headquarters, and staff are being relocated due to a rise in violent crime in the area.

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The pine street office had over 1800 employees assigned to the office, however, due to the pandemic, many were still working remotely.

“Given recent incidents near 3rd and Pine, we’re providing employees currently at that location with alternative office space elsewhere…We are hopeful that conditions will improve and that we will be able to bring employees back to this location when it is safe to do so.”

Amazon Spokesperson

According to crime statistics from the Seattle Police Departments Twitter account, there have been three shootings, two stabbings, and a carjacking all since the 21st February, so three weeks from the time of writing.

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According to reports, since 2019 the Seattle City Council has cut the Police budget by approximately $36 million. This latest crime spree comes just months after the Seattle City Council approved the budget for 2022 which cut the police budget by a further $7 million for the year.

Amazon employs close to 75,000 people in the Seattle area and whilst they have the capabilities to find alternate working space for the Pine Street employees, other businesses in the area do not have the same resources and options available to them.

On the back of this news, a number of news agencies reached out to the mayor’s office for a statement.

“Mayor Harrell will continue to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety in collaboration with police and safety advocates, community members, service providers, and businesses, including Amazon, to activate, revitalize, and restore downtown for all.” 

Spokesperson For The Seattle Mayors’ Office

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