PORTLAND - The FBI released preliminary statistics Monday showing that total crime in Oregon's four largest cities fell 2 percent from 2007 to 2008.
Portland had 26 murders in 2008 compared with 22 in 2007, but enjoyed a drop in every other crime category - including a 30 percent decline in motor vehicle theft. Eugene, on the other hand, had an increase in every type of crime that is measured. The city saw a 33 percent spike in larceny-theft.
Salem and Gresham presented a mixed bag.
The capital city had more murders and burglaries, but fewer assaults and motor vehicle thefts. Gresham, Oregon's fourth-largest city, saw a rise in murders, assaults and burglaries, but a drop in rapes, robberies, and motor vehicle thefts.