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Troutdale property crime up, violent crime the same

Troutdale’s violent crime rate remained unchanged from 2010 to 2011 while property crime increased more than 7.2 percent, according to FBI statistics released this week.

Violent crime — defined as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault — remained the same with a total of 25 cases. Property crime went from 488 cases in 2010 to 523 in 2011.

Murder/manslaughter went up from zero in 2010 to one in 2011, creating a 100 percent increase. Rape went up 25 percent, from eight cases in 2010 to 10 in 2011. Robbery increased 28.6 percent, from seven in 2010 to nine in 2011. Aggravated assault was the only violent crime to drop, with a 50 percent decrease, from 10 in 2010 to five in 2011.

Of the property crime categories — including burglary, larceny/theft and motor-vehicle theft — burglary, dropped 16.1 percent, from 87 in 2010 to 73 in 2011. Theft/larceny increased 13.3 percent, from 361 in 2010 to 409 in 2011. Motor-vehicle theft remained virtually the same, from 40 in 2010 to 41 in 2011.

Nationally, violent crime fell for the fifth year in a row, dropping 3.8 percent in 2011. Property crime fell for the ninth year in a row, dropping by 0.5 percent.

The numbers are part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, which collects data on specific violent and property crimes. More than 18,200 city, county, state, federal, college/university and tribal law enforcement agencies voluntarily contributed data to the report. Oregon cities with more than 100,000 residents to take part in the program include Portland, Eugene, Salem and Gresham.

Oregon’s rate of violent crime mirrored the national trend, dropping by 0.6 percent; however, property crime increased 3.4 percent.

In Gresham, the only other city in East Multnomah County to take part in the program, all four categories of violent crimes saw decreases creating an 11 percent drop in violent crime. Overall property crime increased about 6 percent in 2011.

The number of violent crimes totaled 416, down nearly 11.5 percent from 470 in 2010, according to the FBI’s annual Crime in the United States report for American cities. Property crime totaled 4,311, a 6.3 percent increase from 2010’s total of 4,055.

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter dropped nearly 86 percent from seven in 2010 to one in 2011. Forcible rape decreased by 26 percent, from 42 in 2010 to 31 in 2011. Robbery dropped ever so slightly by 0.2 percent, from 176 in 2010 to 172 in 2011. Aggravated assault also decreased by 1.3 percent, from 245 in 2010 to 212 in 2011.

One of the three categories of property crime — motor-vehicle theft — also dropped 7.5 percent, from 667 in 2010 to 617 in 2011.

The only two crimes to increase were burglaries and larceny-theft. Burglaries went up 1.1 percent, from 674 in 2010 to 751 in 2011. Larceny-theft increased 8.4 percent, from 2,714 in 2010 to 2,943 in 2011.

Annual crime statistics need to be looked at in the greater context of how many crimes are included, especially in categories with very small numbers, such as murder and manslaughter, said Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger. “When you have low numbers and you’re four or five less than the prior year, it is going to show a significant drop,” he said.

Portland saw decreases in the number of murders (from 22 to 20), robberies and motor-vehicle thefts, but increases in rape, aggravated assault, burglary and theft.

In Eugene, rape and motor-vehicle theft dropped, and the murder/manslaughter rate remained at zero. But robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and theft increased.

Salem saw decreases in rapes and theft but increases in murder/manslaughter (from one to three), aggravated assault and burglary. The number of robberies and motor-vehicle thefts remained virtually unchanged.



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