Violent crime down in Jackson County

New numbers released by the FBI show violent crime and property crime rates fell in 2008 in Jackson County and statewide.

In Jackson County, rapes and robberies increased in 2008, but murders and non-negligent manslaughters, aggravated assaults, property crimes, burglaries and thefts fell. Statewide, only murder and non-negligent manslaughter increased, growing to 2.2 for every 100,000 Oregonians from 1.9 in 2007.

Jackson County reported two murders or non-negligent manslaughters in 2008 compared to three in 2007; 74 rapes in 2008, up from 60 in 2007; 68 robberies in 2008, up from 62 in 2007; 317 aggravated assaults in 2008, down from 375 in 2007; 5,352 property crimes in 2008, down from 6,016 in 2007; 714 burglaries in 2008, down from 975 in 2007; 4,401 thefts in 2008, down from 4,656 in 2007; and 237 motor vehicle thefts in 2008, down from 385 in 2007.

The fall in violent and property crimes was mirrored in most of Oregon's largest cities with the exception of Eugene. There, the violent crime rate increased 14.2 percent and the property crime rate by 23.5 percent.

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