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Violent crimes in Lake Oswego drop dramatically, FBI reports

Property crimes also down from 2012 to 2013, agency says


The number of violent crimes in Lake Oswego declined by more than 37 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to figures released Monday by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Property crimes in the city declined by 5.7 percent over the same period, the FBI said.

The annual “Crime in the United States” report showed that the estimated number of violent crimes decreased 4.4 percent across the country in 2013 when compared with 2012 data. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent, marking the 11th straight year the collective estimates for property-crime offenses declined.

The Uniform Crime Reporting Program collects data on specific violent crimes (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) and specific property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.) Nationally in 2013, every crime category saw decreases. In Portland, the number of violent and property crimes declined in almost every category, except for the number of rapes, which was virtually unchanged.

More than 18,400 city, county, state, federal, college/university and tribal law enforcement agencies voluntarily contribute data to the annual report.

“Again this year, we are pleased with the relatively low incidence of crime in the City of Lake Oswego,” Police Chief Don Johnson said. “We do our very best to ensure the safety of our community by actively patrolling all areas of the city, by vigorously investigating and prosecuting all crimes, and by using a variety of crime prevention strategies. These numbers really do support the fact that Lake Oswego is a great place to live.”

In Lake Oswego, the number of violent crimes declined from 35 offenses in 2012 to 22 in 2013:

  • Rapes remained the same, with six reported in each year;

  • Robberies decreased from 10 to five (-50%);

  • Aggravated assaults decreased from 19 to 11 (-42.1%);

  • There were no murders or non-negligent manslaughters in either year.

    Property crimes in Lake Oswego dropped from 652 offenses to 615:

  • Burglaries were down from 145 to 111 (-23.4%);

  • Larcenies/thefts were up from 478 to 480 (+0.4%);

  • Motor vehicle thefts were down from 29 to 24 (-17.2%).

    The FBI also reported that the number of arsons increased from 12 in 2012 to 13 last year, an increase of 8.3 percent.

    “Crime in the United States” is available online; to view the report, go to www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013.

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