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FBI Releases 2011 Crime Statistics for Oregon and Washington

FBI Portland October 29, 2012
  • Beth Anne Steele (503) 460-8099

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:

Portland
2010
2011
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
Eugene
2010
2011
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
Gresham
2010
2011
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
Salem
2010
2011
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
Vancouver
2010
2011
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:

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