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Old 06-04-2007, 02:55 PM
 
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Some people say in Eugene is a low crime rate other say there is a high crime rate.
What is true?
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Old 06-04-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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Very high property crime (methheads), low violent crime (hippies).
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Old 06-05-2007, 01:20 AM
 
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ok thank you, I think property crime is bad, but more badly is violent crime, I think you can protect you before property crime.
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:23 AM
 
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Question Crime in Eugene?

My husband and I have been doing a lot of research on relocating to Oregon -- Eugene, to be specific (we currently live in Orange County, CA).

Today, after our 1,000th discussion about the pros and cons, we were set on Eugene and then I read some things on this forum that, frankly, have me feeling apprehensive (which is the whole point of researching and asking questions before jumping in with both feet, right? )

Anyway, our main concern is the property crime in Eugene (due to, as some have indicated here, the rampant meth problems, as well as crime statistics here on city-data and the FBI crime stat website).

Is this really a huge concern for Eugene (and outskirts of Eugene) residents?

We are interested in the Santa Clara area but are now wondering if it would be safe to live in or outside of Eugene if we have to worry about our car windows being smashed, etc.

Can anyone shed some light on this for us?
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:59 AM
 
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Red face crime in Eugene

I don't think there is any more crime in Eugene than any other Oregon city of its size. I was born in Eugene and lived in the area for many years. It's a beautiful city with lots of things to do and a lot of culture. The schools are excellent.

At one time, the Santa Clara area wasn't as "nice" as the other parts of Eugene, but I believe that is starting to change. There are many new housing developments in the area as Eugene is really growing.

If you move to Eugene, I believe you'll be very happy there. Something to consider also is the city of Springfield - it's separated from Eugene only by the freeway the runs between them. Springfield used to be the "blue collar" cousin to Eugene's "white collar" crowd, but Springfield's job base has really diversified over the years - a long way from it's humble mill town roots. Lots of beautiful housing developments going up in Springfield, and property taxes are cheaper than Eugene. With either place - you won't go wrong!

Feel free to post any other questions and I'll try to answer them.

Last edited by kirstiemarie; 06-18-2007 at 08:04 AM.. Reason: additional info
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Old 08-13-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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They've passed some new law in Eugene. It bans criminals from the 20 block downtown area. I'm interested to see if it works well for Eugene. If it does work then other cities may try it out.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:23 PM
 
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Default Rise in crime?

Perhaps I'm paying more attention to the news as I grow older, so maybe it's always been like this and I'm only now beginning to notice it. But, does it seem to anyone else - who has also lived in Eugene for at least several years - that there seems to be more violent crime happening in our town?

I've always heard of bike thefts, vehicle and home break-ins, petty crime, bar brawls, etc.

But, recently, the news is full of violent crimes - children being abused, raped, sodomized. Women getting kidnapped. Foster parents being charged with crimes against children. Hate crimes and homeless people being set on fired or brutally beaten or murdered. And I'm not even including all the college athletes that seem to continuosly be in the news for beating up their girlfriends or shooting local wildlife for fun and so on...

What's the deal?

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Old 07-27-2010, 03:49 PM
 
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Perhaps I'm paying more attention to the news as I grow older, so maybe it's always been like this and I'm only now beginning to notice it. But, does it seem to anyone else - who has also lived in Eugene for at least several years - that there seems to be more violent crime happening in our town?
Actually, crime statistics show exactly the opposite (http://www.dailyemerald.com/news/director-attributes-low-crime-rates-to-meth-laws-1.1488619 - broken link):

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Oregon’s crime rates in 2009 were at a 50-year low, the FBI reported last week.

Measuring violent crime and property crime, which are the two main indexes used to track uniform crime rates across the nation, the FBI found Oregon bucked national trends by showing drops in crime in four of the state’s largest cities: Portland, Salem, Eugene and Gresham.

The numbers were particularly encouraging for Eugene, which saw a 5 percent drop in violent crimes and a shift from an increasing property crime rate in 2008 to a decreasing rate today.
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recently, the news is full of violent crimes - children being abused, raped, sodomized. Women getting kidnapped. Foster parents being charged with crimes against children. Hate crimes and homeless people being set on fired or brutally beaten or murdered.
Getting rid of TV and tuning out other mainstream mass media does wonders for restoring a peace of mind and promoting a more accurate perception of reality. Mass media thrive on sensationalism and focus on the most gruesome and shocking crimes as a way to improve their ratings and bring in more advertising revenue. There is no incentive for them to accurately report on what is actually going on in the community. People will pay more attention to the news about a homeless man set on fire in downtown Eugene (even though he apparently did not sustain any injuries as a result) than on violent crime rate dropping 5%.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Eugene, OR
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Getting rid of TV and tuning out other mainstream mass media does wonders for restoring a peace of mind and promoting a more accurate perception of reality. Mass media thrive on sensationalism and focus on the most gruesome and shocking crimes as a way to improve their ratings and bring in more advertising revenue. There is no incentive for them to accurately report on what is actually going on in the community. People will pay more attention to the news about a homeless man set on fire in downtown Eugene (even though he apparently did not sustain any injuries as a result) than on violent crime rate dropping 5%.
100% agree!
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:49 AM
 
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That might be my problem. We went years without TV. Recently we got limited basic and I have been watching the news. Also, I've been following the Kyron Horman case which has me spending more time on local news websites.

OK. I can relax now. Time to get offline and stop watching the news so much! I'm sure when they find that sweet boy the whole world will hear about it.

Thanks guys.
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