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Oregon’s Most Violent Cities and Towns: New FBI Crime Data

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

 

Portland may be getting more violent. The number of murders rose 46 percent and the number of rapes increased 11 percent in the city last year. That is according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which released its 2014 crime statistics yesterday, breaking down data on a state by state -- and community - basis. Nationally in 2014, the estimated number of violent crimes decreased 0.2 percent when compared with 2013 figures

In 2014, Portland was home to 2,911 violent crimes - the most of any city or town in Oregon and more than one-third of the state's total violent crimes.

Sgt. Peter Simpson, public information officer for the Portland Police Bureau, told GoLocal that that while the number of murders and rapes in the city rose last year, there were seasons to feel safe in the city. He called the rise in homicides, in particular, a misleading figure he attributed the city’s high number of violent crimes with its large population. 

“When you look at the homicide rate, it’s kind of a false positive,” Simpson said. “There was a sharp decline in homicides in 2013 after the rate had held steady for a few years, and this year the figure returned to that rate.”

 There were a total of 6,790 violent crimes known to federal law enforcement last year in Oregon, of the violent crimes committed in Oregon last year, 4,105 were aggravated assaults, 1,818 were robberies, 815 sexual assaults and 52 were murders. 

SEE SLIDES BELOW: See the 50 Most Violent Towns and Cities in Oregon Below

Kris Henning, Chair of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at Portland State University, told GoLocal that this data allows police departments to compare their statistics with similar cities around the country.

“Cities have a list of comparators that they are similar to and keep track of those statistics compared to their own,” Henning said, noting that Tuscon, Arizona and Sacramento, California are on Oregon’s list. “There’s some real value in that because it allows them to see where their levels should be. Otherwise, you just have what happened last year compared to the year before, and that doesn’t always tell you a lot.”

By the Numbers

Bill Fugate, public information officer for the Oregon State Police, said that The Oregon State Police CJIS Division tracks crimes in each city in Oregon on a monthly basis and sends that data to the FBI.

Fugate said the FBI data is distributed to each city’s police department, and the individual department decide whether changes are needed as a result of the data.

Henning said that departments also can use the data to evaluate how efficient they are at solving crimes. “There’s a clearance rate, which measures how many crimes led to at least one arrest against the total crimes committed in a city,” Henning said. “It’s not a perfect measure, but it allows departments to look at data from other cities and see if there are ways to increase their clearance rate.”

In Gresham, which witnessed 549 violent crimes in 2014, there were increases of two percent in the number aggravated assaults, 11 percent in the number of larceny-thefts, and 32 percent in motor vehicle thefts. 

In Salem, there were eight percent more aggravated assaults and eight percent more larceny-thefts in 2014 than in 2013, while Vancouver saw an increase of 67 percent in murders in 2014, along with increases of six percent and three percent., in rapes and robberies, respectively.

Baker City

Baker City Struggles with Assaults

Baker City, the city with the most violent crimes per capita in the state, had a total of 61 violent crimes, with a population of just 9,762. Of those crimes, 56 were assaults, four robberies and one sexual assault.

Lt. Dustin Newman, Patrol Supervisor with the Baker City Police Department, told GoLocal he was surprised by the city’s high crime ranking, especially considering Baker City was named the safest community in Oregon by Safewise last year. He said the city’s ranking might be skewed by its relatively small size.  

Newman also said that the Department keeps a close watch on assaults during their patrol and that the Department use reports such as these to help monitor problem areas in Baker City.

“Yeah we are definitely cognizant of that, it’s something we definitely look for,” Newman said of aggravated assaults. “Whenever we see a problem or a high number like that, we’d like to see it be zero, but that isn’t realistic. We try to keep our eyes open and be where we are most needed.”

 

Related Slideshow: Oregon’s Most Violent Cities and Towns in 2014

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King City

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.389

Total Violent Crimes: 5

Population: 6,827

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 0

Robbery: 5

Aggravated Assaults: 0

Photo: King City Plaza, via Wikipedia Commons

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#49

North Plains

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.464
Total Violent Crimes: 3
Population: 2,049

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault : 2

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 1

Photo: North Plains City Hall, via Wikimedia Commons 

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#48

Cornelius

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.472
Total Violent Crimes: 18
Population: 12,229

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 1

Robbery: 14

Aggravated Assaults: 43

Photo: Church on South Beech St. in Cornelius, via Wikimedia Commonsl,

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#47

Tigard

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.489
Total Violent Crimes: 76
Population: 51,024

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 15

Robbery: 13

Aggravated Assaults: 48

Photo: North Plains City Hall, via Wikimedia Commons 

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#46

Gaston

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.495​
Total Violent Crimes: 1​
Population: 669

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 0

Photo: Downton Gaston via Wikimedia Commons 

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#45

Coquille

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 11.575
Total Violent Crimes: 6
Population: 3,809

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 0

Robbery: 6

Aggravated Assaults: 0

Photo: Coquille City Hall, via Wikimedia Commonsl,

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#44

Central Point

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.581
Total Violent Crimes: 28
Population: 17,705

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 4

Robbery: 21

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Photo: Downtown Central Point, via Wikimedia Commons

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#43

McMinniville

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.618​
Total Violent Crimes: 54
Population: 33,370

Murder: 1

Sexual Assault: 13

Robbery: 33

Aggravated Assaults: 37

Photo: Hotel Oregon in the Downtown Historic District

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#42

Silverton

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.702​
Total Violent Crimes: 16
Population: 9,403

Murder: 1

Sexual Assault: 4

Robbery: 10

Aggravated Assaults: 1

Photo: Downtown Silverton, via Wikipedia Commons

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#41

Troutdale

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.746
Total Violent Crimes: 29
Population: 16,610

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 4

Robbery: 15

Aggravated Assaults: 10

Photo: Downtown Troutdale, via Wikipedia Commons

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#40

Keizer

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.748​
Total Violent Crimes: 65
Population: 37,189

Murder: 1

Sexual Assault: 8

Robbery: 50

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Photo: Keizer Shopping Center, via Wikipedia Commons

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#39

Dallas

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.751​
Total Violent Crimes: 26
Population: 14,852

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 3

Robbery: 20

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Photo: Dallas High School, via Wikipedia Commons

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#38

Hillsboro

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 1.886​
Total Violent Crimes: 186
Population: 98,635

Murder: 2

Sexual Assault: 40

Robbery: 86

Aggravated Assaults: 58

Photo: Hillsboro Civic Center, via Wikipedia Commons

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#37

Talent

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.076​
Total Violent Crimes: 12
Population: 6,262

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 1

Robbery: 11

Aggravated Assaults: 0

Photo: Talent City Hall, via Wikipedia Commons

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#36

Independence

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.191
Total Violent Crimes: 19
Population: 8,672

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 5

Robbery: 10

Aggravated Assaults: 4

Photo: Downtown Independence, via Wikipedia Commons

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#35

Hermiston

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.211
Total Violent Crimes: 38
Population: 17,183

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 6

Robbery: 20

Aggravated Assaults: 12

Photo: Downtown Hermiston, via Wikipedia Commons

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#34

Pendelton

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.235​
Total Violent Crimes: 38
Population: 17,006

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 15

Robbery: 15

Aggravated Assaults: 8

Photo: Blue Mountain Community College in Pendelton, via Wikipedia Commons

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#33

Sutherlin

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.329​
Total Violent Crimes: 18
Population: 7,729

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 2

Robbery: 13

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Photo: Sutherlin Bank Building, via Wikipedia Commons

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#32

Fairview

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.382​
Total Violent Crimes: 22
Population: 9,237

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 3

Robbery: 14

Aggravated Assaults: 5

Photo: Fairview Lake, via Wikipedia Commons

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#31

Prineville

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.385
Total Violent Crimes: 22
Population: 9,226

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 2

Robbery: 20

Aggravated Assaults: 0

Photo: Prineville City Hall, via Wikipedia Commons

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#30

Roseburg

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.411
Total Violent Crimes: 53
Population: 21,986

Murder: 2

Sexual Assault: 13

Robbery: 20

Aggravated Assaults: 18

Photo: Downtown Roseburg, via Wikipedia Commons

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#29

Milwaukie

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.481
Total Violent Crimes: 51
Population: 20,562

Murder: 1

Sexual Assault: 2

Robbery: 39

Aggravated Assaults: 9

Photo: Milwaukie City Hall, via Wikipedia Commons

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#28

Woodburn

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.534​
Total Violent Crimes: 62
Population: 24,471

Murder: 1

Sexual Assault: 9

Robbery: 30

Aggravated Assaults: 22

Photo: Downtown Woodburn, via Wikipedia Commons

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#27

Astoria

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.624​
Total Violent Crimes: 62
Population: 24,471

Murder: 1

Sexual Assault: 9

Robbery: 30

Aggravated Assaults: 22

Photo: Astoria, via Wikipedia Commons

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#26

Sweet Home

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.643
Total Violent Crimes: 24
Population: 9,081

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 1

Robbery: 17

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Photo: The Weddle Bridge in Sweet Home, via Wikipedia Commons

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#25

Milton-Freewater

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.954

Total Violent Crimes: 21

Population: 7,109

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 0

Robbery: 20

Aggravated Assaults: 1

Photo: Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce, via Wikipedia Commons

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#24

Eagle Point

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 2.983

Total Violent Crimes: 26

Population: 8,717

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 6

Robbery: 13

Aggravated Assaults: 7

Photo: Eagle Point, via Wikipedia Commons

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#23

Tillamook

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.039

Total Violent Crimes: 15

Population: 4,937

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 3

Robbery: 5

Aggravated Assaults: 7

Photo: Tillamook Creamery and Museum, via Wikipedia Commons

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#22

Stayton

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.077

Total Violent Crimes: 24

Population: 7,798

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 4

Robbery: 19

Aggravated Assaults: 1

Photo: Lourdes School and Church in Stayton, via Wikipedia Commons

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#21

Salem

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.117

Total Violent Crimes: 505

Population: 162,028

Murder: 2

Sexual Assault: 44

Robbery: 356

Aggravated Assaults: 103

Photo: the Oregon State House in Salem, via Wikipedia Commons

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#20

Redmond

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.166

Total Violent Crimes: 88

Population: 27,733

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 15

Robbery: 49

Aggravated Assaults: 24

Photo: Downtown Redmond, via Wikipedia Commons

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#19

Boardman

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.220

Total Violent Crimes: 11

Population: 3,416

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 7

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Photo: Boardman Water Tower, via Wikipedia Commons

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#18

Klamath Falls

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.241

Total Violent Crimes: 69

Population: 21,290

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 13

Robbery: 29

Aggravated Assaults: 27

Photo: Downtown Klamath Falls, via Wikipedia Commons

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#17

Coos Bay

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.262

Total Violent Crimes: 52

Population: 15,939

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 9

Robbery: 33

Aggravated Assaults: 10

Photo: Coos Bay, via Wikipedia Commons

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#16

Forest Grove

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.341

Total Violent Crimes: 76

Population: 22,748

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 18

Robbery: 49

Aggravated Assaults: 9

Photo: Downtown Forest Grove, via Wikipedia Commons

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#15

Springfield

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.479

Total Violent Crimes: 210

Population: 60,377

Murder: 2

Sexual Assault: 31

Robbery: 120

Aggravated Assaults: 57

Photo: Gateway Mall in Springfield, via Wikipedia Commons

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#14

Lakeview

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.499

Total Violent Crimes: 8

Population: 2,286

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 0

Robbery:7

Aggravated Assaults: 1

Photo: Lakeview Welcome Sign, via Wikipedia Commons

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#13

Cannon Beach

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.548

Total Violent Crimes: 8

Population: 1,691

Murder: 1

Sexual Assault: 1

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Photo: Haystock Rock in Cannon Beach, via Wikipedia Commons

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#12

Gladstone

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 3.991

Total Violent Crimes: 47

Population: 11,776

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 13

Robbery: 32

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Photo: Glastone Fire and Police Station, via Wikipedia Commons

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#11

Gervais

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 4.282

Total Violent Crimes: 11

Population: 2,569

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 0

Robbery: 9

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Photo: Downtown Gervais, via Wikipedia Commons

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#10

Newport

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 4.433

Total Violent Crimes: 45

Population: 10,152

Murder: 1

Sexual Assault: 5

Robbery: 29

Aggravated Assaults: 10

Photo: Harbor in Yaquina Bay, Newport, via Wikipedia Commons

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#9

Lincoln City

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 4.585

Total Violent Crimes: 37

Population: 8,069

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 2

Robbery: 33

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Photo: Roads End Park in Lincoln City via Wikipedia Commons

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#8

Mount Angel

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 4.691

Total Violent Crimes: 16

Population: 3,411

Murder: 1

Sexual Assault: 3

Robbery: 12

Aggravated Assaults: 0

Photo: Downtown Mount Angel via Wikipedia Commons

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#7

Portland

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 4.729

Total Violent Crimes: 2,911

Population: 615,672

Murder: 26

Sexual Assault: 262

Robbery: 1,776

Aggravated Assaults: 847

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#6

Gresham

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 4.978

Total Violent Crimes: 549

Population: 110,276

Murder: 2

Sexual Assault: 47

Robbery: 285

Aggravated Assaults: 215

Photo: Gresham via Wikipedia Commons

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#5

Medford

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 5.016

Total Violent Crimes: 393

Population: 78,356

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 45

Robbery: 255

Aggravated Assaults: 93

Photo: Welcome to Medford sign via Wikipedia Commons

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#4

Toledo

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 5.192

Total Violent Crimes: 18

Population: 3,467

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 1

Robbery: 16

Aggravated Assaults: 1

Photo: Toledo City Hall via Wikipedia Commons

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#3

Vernonia

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 5.563

Total Violent Crimes: 12

Population: 2,157

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 0

Robbery: 12

Aggravated Assaults: 0

Photo: Vernonia High School via Wikipedia Commons

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#2

Ontario

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 5.897

Total Violent Crimes: 65

Population: 11,022

Murder: 2

Sexual Assault: 5

Robbery: 42

Aggravated Assaults: 16

Photo: Downtown Ontario via Wikipedia Commons

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Baker City

Violent Crime Per Capita per 1,000 residents: 6.249

Total Violent Crimes: 61

Population: 9,762

Murder: 0

Sexual Assault: 1

Robbery: 56

Aggravated Assaults: 4

Photo: Downtown Baker City via Wikipedia Commons

 
 

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