FBI Releases 2011 Crime Statistics for Oregon and Washington


Today, the FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report for American cities. Nationally, violent crime fell for the fifth year in a row, dropping 4.5 percent (per 100,000 people) in 2011. Property crime fell for the ninth year in a row, dropping by 1.3 percent. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program collects data on specific violent crimes (murder and 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 percent 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 percent (per 100,000 people), and property crime increased 2.5 percent (per 100,000 people). The rate of violent crime for Washington’s cities decreased by 6.0 percent (per 100,000 people), and its property crime rate decreased by 3.4 percent (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 (seven to one), 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 of rapes and larceny-thefts. There were increases in the numbers of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (one to three), 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 (zero to nine), robberies, and burglaries. The breakdown for these cities of populations of 100,000 and more is: Portland20102011 Murder and 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 Eugene20102011 Murder and 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 Gresham20102011 Murder and 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 Salem20102011 Murder and 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 Vancouver20102011 Murder and 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 For specific information by region, state, and on small cities within Oregon and Washington, please refer to the following links: Crime in the United States by region, geographic division, and state Oregon: Offenses known to law enforcement by city Washington: Offenses known to law enforcement by city 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. You will need to contact those local jurisdictions for any analysis of the numbers listed above.

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. View the entire report: Crime in the United States, 2011

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Published on: 2012-10-29



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