The recent incidents in Seattle have companies thinking about employee safety. A wave of homicides, shootings, carjackings and burglaries are part of the spike in crime. The Seattle Medium reported two weeks ago on the spike in crime that hit a new high two weeks ago.
The fatal shooting of 15-year-old Michael del Bianco occurred at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Pike Street. This is where Amazon’s office building is located. Such shameless crimes have shaken many of the townspeople.
Amazon recently announced that it has decided to relocate its office staff to downtown Seattle. Amazon isn’t the only company to worry about. Other businesses in the area are choosing to continue working remotely due to crime.
The affected Amazon site employs around 1,800 people. The company did not specify the number of people displaced. A significant number of employees have continued to work remotely since the pandemic began two years ago.
In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson said, “We hope conditions improve and we are able to return employees to this location when it is safe to do so.” Many other businesses have closed due to the recent crime spike, including Qumulo, a cloud technology company, and Piroshky Piroshky, a popular Russian bakery.
Amazon said it is now providing alternative office space for the 1,800 employees assigned to work at 300 Pine Street. Employees have the opportunity to work there. The powerful drug fentanyl is targeted as the reason for the rise in crime. Prosecutors agree that drugs play a big role. Seattle’s 3rd Avenue and Pine Street neighborhood has long been a hotspot.