Monday, December 17, 2012

We're #4!

A friend sends me this link from the Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch.com, showing Bend in the #4 position of Ten U.S. Cities Where Crime is Soaring. They write, "Based on data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the metropolitan areas with the highest increase in violent crime between 2006 and 2011. These are the 10 metropolitan areas where violent crime is soaring."

About Bend, they say that
There were 528 violent crimes in the Bend area in 2011, up from 313 in 2006. Experts often cite economic distress as a reason for increased crime, and Bend’s population was certainly hit hard by the recession. The unemployment rate in Bend was 14.1% in 2010 and 12.4% in 2011, both significantly above national figures of 9.6% and 8.9%, for the respective years. But the metro’s property crime rate between 2006 and 2011 actually decreased by more than 13%, including a 26% decrease in the burglary rate and a more than 58% decrease in the motor vehicle theft rate. Officials in 2010 told The Oregonian newspaper that much of the property crime decline could be attributed to a crackdown on methamphetamine.
So why did violent crime go up? Anyone from the Bend PD care to comment?

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