Amazon strikes staff out of downtown Seattle workplace as a result of crime

Amazon’s Seattle headquarters. (GeekWire Photograph)

Amazon is telling staff they will work at an alternate location as a result of latest crime round its downtown Seattle workplace at 300 Pine St.

“Given latest incidents close to third and Pine, we’re offering staff presently at that location with different workplace house elsewhere. We’re hopeful that circumstances will enhance and that we will convey staff again to this location when it’s secure to take action,” a spokesperson stated in an announcement.

Bloomberg first reported the information.

There are presently 1,800 staff that work on the Amazon workplace, beforehand house to a Macy’s division retailer and positioned lower than a mile from its foremost headquarters. Amazon opened the workplace in 2018.

Earlier this month Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz stated SPD was “launching an initiative to curb the violent legal habits” within the space close to Amazon’s workplace.

The crime in downtown Seattle is inflicting many companies, tech corporations included, to both transfer places of work or undertake a wait-and-see strategy of staying distant whilst COVID-19 instances recede.

Firms are additionally taking steps to maintain staff and clients safer as they transition again to in-person work, together with closing places of work early so staff can get house earlier than darkish, and hiring personal safety officers

Earlier this yr an Amazon engineer was hit within the head with a baseball bat whereas strolling close to downtown Seattle. Days later there was a rash of shootings in downtown districts, constructing on what metropolis officers say was a 40% enhance in gun violence final yr.

Seattle noticed sharp spikes in crime in 2021, however charges haven’t reached the historic ranges seen within the ‘80s and ‘90s. The spikes are nonetheless alarming, although — a lot in order that Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell put public security on the high of his first State of the Metropolis handle final month. 

Final month The Wall Road Journal editorial board declared that “lawlessness now hampers Seattle’s financial restoration.”

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