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Oregon Sees Drop in Violent Crime During 2009 September 14, 2010

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Statistics released by the FBI in its annual Crime in the United States report showed fewer violent crimes overall in Oregon in 2009.

In Portland, all categories — including murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and larceny-threat — saw a decrease with the exception of rapes, which were up just slightly from 250 to 252, the FBI said.

The rate of violent crimes in Oregon overall fell 2.1, percent and property crime down by 10.2 percent.

“While we have made great progress over the years in reducing crime, our work is not done,” a statement released by Governor Ted Kulongoski said. “With challenging future budgets, we must continue to strengthen our efforts on the front end, enhancing and improving prevention efforts as well as expanding rehabilitation opportunities for those in our jails and prisons so when they reenter society they do not re-offend.”

In Washington, rates were unchanged, but property crimes dropped 2.9 percent. Nationwide, violent crime rates declined by by 6.1 percent, and property crime was down 4.6 percent. In Gresham, there were decreases in every crime category except larceny-thefts.

Salem also saw rates drop — save for increases in rapes and aggravated assaults. Vancouver Washington showed an increase in murders, rapes, aggravated assaults and burglaries.



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