Which Oregon city saw the biggest increase in auto theft?


Portland, Salem and Medford all have rate of stolen cars jump in 2014.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Portland, Salem and Medford experienced a jump in number of cars stolen in 2014.

But the city in Southern Oregon outpaced the rest. Medford saw a 21.5% increase in auto theft, according to an annual “Hot Spots Report” from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

According to a report by the Portland Business Journal, Salem’s rate jumped 6.4% and Portland was up 0.6%.

The biggest improvement, by far, came in the Grants Pass area. Grants Pass had a steep 57.3 percent increase in 2013 but improved to an 18.5 percent decrease during 2014.

Eugene’s auto theft incidents also decreased by 15 percent while Corvallis figures dropped by 16 percent.

Statewide, the rate of stolen vehicles dropped 0.6% as 10,067 cars were boosted in 2014.

 




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