Crime rates in Eugene are up 23% from last year. SCARY.


Anonymous said...

It might be helpful, when considering "crimes rates" reported by the mass media...that this includes jaywalking, smoking a joint, and loitering. The serious crimes are always a fraction of the overall figure. Hope that helps ease your mind...some.

Jasmine said...

Source - http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/sevendays/20146850-35/story.csp

Mommy said...

Looked at separately, the number of violent crimes per 100,000 people rose 14 percent in Eugene last year, compared with an 11 percent decline statewide. Property crime rose 23 percent, while the state saw a 7 percent decrease.

"Index crimes cover seven categories and include murder, arson, rape, robbery, burglary and car theft.

In Springfield, the only crime category that showed a decrease was aggravated assault, which dropped to 189 cases from 195 in 2007. The city had one murder in 2008, compared to none the year before."

These sort of crimes are not always but quite often committed by people under the influence of controlled substances. Wonder what percentage of these folks were under the influence of meth, etcetera. I do believe there is quite a bit of meth use there, or at least I know when I was there I encountered a FEW people who were clearly high, especially at that race track!

To "Anonymous" you might want to read the rest of the article. Those petty offenses you mention were not even in the running. But the fact remains, if it is against the law, whether anyone else thinks is should or should not be, it is still a crime, no matter how petty.