Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland reports an increase in crime over the past six months, compared with the same period last year.

As Portland Police pulled together stats for the FBI's nationwide reporting, the numbers showed a trend surfacing. For the first six months of the year, so-called "part one" crimes like murder, serious assaults, and thefts are up 10 percent, compared with the same period last year.

Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau says it appears the most significant spike is in property crimes, like car break-ins and bike thefts. Most notably, residential burglaries tracked a 27 percent increase. Simpson says changes in reporting may account for part of the surge. But precincts are still taking the increase seriously.

Simpson explained, "The questions we're asking internally is 'What are we doing, what's working, what's not working?' "

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Simpson says the increase in murders is tragic for the families of the fourteen victims so far this year. However, he adds the increase of three cases probably isn't a meaningful statistical change.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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