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Old 04-21-2012, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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You can't carry an alarm with you? Why wouldn't you need a gun? It is legal, fun, safe, and secure. And you never know when you might get attacked by the rabid wildlife.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:03 AM
 
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If you have an alarm system why would you need a gun? I also would question the wisdom of locking yourself into a drive (gas isn't going to be cheaper) when there are still nice areas in Eugene. But each to his own. Good luck to them.
I don't get that either myself. The best parts of Eugene are all closer in.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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I don't get that either myself. The best parts of Eugene are all closer in.

And many of them are anti-gun too, but it is legal whether the socialists and liberals like it or not. Home invasions while not common, do occur, and robberies in the better parts of town happen. It would be much worse if it were not for gun owners.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:32 PM
 
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I've had Glock by Paul Barrett on my list of books to read for a few months now.
Glock: The Rise of America's Gun by Paul Barrett - Powell's Books

I've heard it's a really good read regardless of where you stand on the issue.

I have seen, in Eugene, people crossing the street with guns either in their hands out in the open or in their pants where you could see the gun because their clothes were baggy. I'm from Texas, where everybody and their grandma has'em and knows how to use'em, but you rarely see them out in public on the street like that. lol It surprised me, being little ole' hippiefied Eugene and all. lol
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Eugene, OR
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I agree with 1208. There are many nice places within the city limits of Eugene for you to live. The internet chatter about robberies, guns, alarms, meth, etc. are "extreme views with an agenda".

In reality, Eugene is a very quiet place. You will have little to worry about as long as you stay away from the Barger and Whitaker areas (actually Whitaker is nice in some ways, but probably not right for someone new to the area). Anything south of 20th Ave (south west and south east) will be no problem at all, and there is a wide range of choices within that area. The central area called Ferry Street Bridge has many good options as well. The north west and north east areas also have some good options too.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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That's where I disagree with you. Burglaries and car break ins happen in South Eugene too. Property crime in Eugene is high even in the nicer areas. It's not THAT bad but most people I know who have lived in South Eugene a long time have at least one theft story. It's usually not the scary kind of home invasion thing, but more like someone broke in while they were on vacation and stole some jewelry or electronics. Part of the reason I think is because Eugene is so small and compact it is not hard for criminals to get access to nicer areas. It really isn't something I would worry about though, I realize that sounds bad but it really isn't so much. Hire a house sitter or have a volunteer policing agency stop by the house while you are on vacation. Don't leave valuables obviously sitting in your car. That is all I would worry about really, if you take those precautions you can live in almost any part of Eugene safely.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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That's where I disagree with you. Burglaries and car break ins happen in South Eugene too. Property crime in Eugene is high even in the nicer areas. It's not THAT bad but most people I know who have lived in South Eugene a long time have at least one theft story. It's usually not the scary kind of home invasion thing, but more like someone broke in while they were on vacation and stole some jewelry or electronics. Part of the reason I think is because Eugene is so small and compact it is not hard for criminals to get access to nicer areas. It really isn't something I would worry about though, I realize that sounds bad but it really isn't so much. Hire a house sitter or have a volunteer policing agency stop by the house while you are on vacation. Don't leave valuables obviously sitting in your car. That is all I would worry about really, if you take those precautions you can live in almost any part of Eugene safely.
There is of course crime everywhere in this city, this country, and the world in general. It's a matter of intensity. If you check the crime map on Register Guard and follow it over several months, you will see that crime in south and south west Eugene is very minimal. Equally important, the type of crime is mostly minor stuff.

Yes, I know a guy who's brother's cousin's uncle's dog was robbed...anecdotes aside, the chance of encountering a crime in south Eugene is much smaller than in the Whitaker area or downtown area. And crime in general in Eugene is much lower than any major urban area.

For sure, your comment the importance about taking precautions is very true. Personally, I would never think of taking a vacation without talking to my neighbors first. I also leave lights on timers inside the house. I stop my newspaper delivery. etc. etc.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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Well, anecdotally, I have lived here a long time, and I can only think of one family I know off the top of my head who lives in South Eugene who has not had their home broken into. Granted, in many of these cases, it took years or even decades for it to happen, but it still did.

Otherwise yes I agree, crime is worse around downtown and in West Eugene, as a whole it is a very nice city and I would not worry about living here. VIOLENT crime is much lower than any major area, PROPERTY crime is higher than most.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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I don't know where Eugenified is coming from. South Eugene is not one of the better areas. It is cheap, but it has always had issues. And METH is a major Eugene problem.

Violent crime is fairly low, but the list is full of some of the worst. Again gun ownership tends to discourage violent crime. Oregon is a "Stand Your Ground" state.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Eugene, OR
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Well, anecdotally, I have lived here a long time, and I can only think of one family I know off the top of my head who lives in South Eugene who has not had their home broken into...
Hmmm...So, just about everyone you know in South Eugene has had their houses broken into...let's see...uhhh...the prime suspect might be...uhhh...nevermind.
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