Oregon-Northwest

FBI: Ore. violent crime down, property crime up

Bend, Redmond also see drop in violent crime

PORTLAND, Ore. - The FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report for American cities on Monday.

Nationally, violent crime fell for the fifth year in a row, dropping 4.5% (per 100,000 people) in 2011. Property crime fell for the ninth year in a row, dropping by 1.3% (per 100,000 people.)

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program collects data on specific violent crimes (murder & non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault) and specific property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.)

In 2011, six of the seven categories saw decreases nationally; only the number of burglaries increased, and that increase was slight (0.2% per 100,000 people.)

Some highlights from cities with populations of more than 100,000 people in the Pacific Northwest include:

  • The rate of violent crime for Oregon's cities decreased by 1.5% (per 100,000 people), and property crime increased 2.5% (per 100,000 people.)
  • The rate of violent crime for Washington's cities decreased by 6.0% (per 100,000 people), and its property crime rate decreased by 3.4% (per 100,000 people.)
  • In Portland, there were decreases in the numbers of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (from 22 to 20), robberies and motor vehicle thefts. There were increases in the numbers of rapes, aggravated assaults, burglaries and larceny-thefts.
  • In Eugene, there were decreases in the number of rapes and motor vehicle thefts, but increases in the numbers of robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and larceny-thefts. There were no murders/non-negligent manslaughters in either 2010 or 2011.
  • In Gresham, there were decreases in the number of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (7 to 1), as well as rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and motor vehicle thefts. There were increases in the numbers of burglaries and larceny-thefts.
  • In Salem, there were decreases in the numbers rapes and larceny-thefts. There were increases in the numbers of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (1 to 3), aggravated assaults and burglaries. The number of robberies and motor vehicle thefts were virtually unchanged.
  • In Vancouver, there were decreases in the numbers of rapes, aggravated assaults, larceny-thefts and motor vehicle thefts. There were increases in the number of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (0 to 9), robberies, and burglaries.

 

The breakdown for these cities of populations of 100,000 and more is:

 

PORTLAND

 

2010

2011

Murder & non-negligent manslaughter

22

20

Forcible Rape

230

258

Robbery

1,005

917

Aggravated Assault

1,794

1,842

Burglary

4,120

4,303

Larceny-theft

21,026

22,494

Motor vehicle theft

3,245

3,225

 

 

 

 

EUGENE

 

2010

2011

Murder & non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

Forcible rape

80

78

Robbery

168

177

Aggravated assault

168

205

Burglary

1,293

1,440

Larceny-theft

5,136

5,862

Motor vehicle theft

599

576

 

 

 

 

GRESHAM

 

2010

2011

 

Murder & non-negligent manslaughter

7

1

 

Forcible Rape

42

31

 

Robbery

176

172

 

Aggravated Assault

245

212

 

Burglary

674

751

 

Larceny-theft

2,714

2,943

 

Motor vehicle theft

667

617

 

 

 

 

 

SALEM

 

2010

2011

 

Murder & non-negligent manslaughter

1

3

 

Forcible Rape

48

32

 

Robbery

118

119

 

Aggravated Assault

316

365

 

Burglary

868

891

 

Larceny-theft

4,761

4,641

 

Motor vehicle theft

427

428

 

 

 

 

 

VANCOUVER

 

2010

2011

Murder & non-negligent manslaughter

0

9

Forcible Rape

112

102

Robbery

173

185

Aggravated Assault

386

337

Burglary

939

950

Larceny-theft

4,682

4,629

Motor vehicle theft

923

868

As for Central Oregon cities:

Bend reported 204 violent crimes, including one murder or non-negligent manslaughter, 25 forcible rapes, 27 robberies and 151 aggravated assaults. There were 2,416 property crimes, including 365 burglaries, 1,978 larcenies and thefts, and 73 motor vehicle thefts.

 Bend violent crimes dropped 17 percent last year, but property crimes held steady, up just 0.25 percent
     
 Bend police said they are not surprised by the drop in violent crimes.                  
           
 "We've started some domestic violence programs to try to curb that, so we can lessen those types of crimes," said Lt. Chris Carney. "And we know  a lot of our homicides can typically be related to domestic violence type of incidents."

"So we're trying to do a lot of those types of things, outside of just going out and taking a report, or just going out and arresting somebody. We're kind of trying to do things on the front end, to try to be more proactive, to see what we can do to reduce the type of crimes."

Madras reported 11 violent crimes, including two forcible rapes, three robberies and six aggravated assaults. There were 265 property crimes reported, including 59 burglaries, 188 larcenies/thefts and 18 motor vehicle thefts.

Prineville reported 20 violent crimes, including 16 forcible rapes, 12 robberies and 53 aggravated assaults. There were 251 property crimes, including 43 burglaries, 204 larcenies and thefts and four motor vehicle thefts.

Redmond had 81 violent crimes reported, including 16 rapes and 12 burglaries. There were 1,453 property crimes, including 218 burglaries, 1,182 larcenies and thefts, and 53 motor vehicle thefts.

Redmond violent crimes dropped by 9 percent, but property crimes rose 6.8 percent, according to the FBI statistics.

For more of the numbers on smaller cities within Oregon and Washington, visit http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table_8_offenses_known_to_law_enforcement_by_state_by_city_2011.xls/view

More than 18,200 city, county, state, federal, college/university and tribal law enforcement agencies voluntarily contribute data to this annual report.

The FBI simply compiles the information as it is provided from local jurisdictions.

Also note that the report features a prominent message cautioning against using the statistics to rank cities or counties. Such rankings can lead to simplistic or incomplete analyses, overlooking the many variables impacting crime and its reporting.

The FBI has been producing the Uniform Crime Report since 1930.


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