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Portland crime going up: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Portland crime going up: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 30, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Portland saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 2,844 for the week of May 20, up from 2,736 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were vandalism and burglary. Vandalism rose to 107 incidents last week, from 77 the week before. Burglary went from 88 to 108. Reports of vandalism have continued to grow for the last three weeks, while burglary incidents have been increasing for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in shootings, from 26 incidents per week to 42, and in assault, from 230 to 243 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 557 to 500, and robbery fell from 21 to 17.

There were 1,827 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 90 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, Hazelwood and Powellhurst Gilbert had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Hazelwood were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Downtown experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Richmond also rose for a second week, and incidents in Roseway are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesday, Monday and Wednesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Thursday and Tuesday, while incidents on Sunday went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late morning continue to see the most crime incidents.

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