UOPD Report: Near Campus Crime Data

From: Senate President [mailto:senatepres@uoregon.edu
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:11 PM
To: Mike H Schill <mschill@uoregon.edu>; Matthew Carmichael <mecarmic@uoregon.edu>
Subject: crime wave data
 
Dear President Schill and Chief Carmichael – 
 
Having now heard several administrators repeat President Schill’s statements about a west campus crime wave, I started to wonder if there was any actual data on this. 
 
As it happens the EPD website allows for rudimentary searches of their dispatch log, at http://coeapps.eugene-or.gov/EPDDispatchLog/Search
 
Because the EPD webpage requires a street name, I focused on incidents with an address that included E 13th Ave, since this seems to be where the “bad actors” like to hang out. I searched for incidents reported from January 1 to March 19th for the years 2016 – 2019. The files are attached. They include everything from the trivial on up, so in addition to total incidents I looked for thefts and assaults. I found:
 
2016: 190 incidents, 11 thefts, 4 assaults
2017: 198 incidents, 11 thefts, 11 assaults
2018: 163 incidents, 11 thefts, 5 assaults
2019: 149 incidents, 15 thefts, 0 assaults
 
Obviously these data are limited, but they don’t seem consistent with a crime wave. If you have any additional data regarding trends in west campus crime I’d appreciate it if you’d share that with me.  
 
Thanks,
 
Bill Harbaugh
UO Senate Pres, Econ Prof

On Apr 3, 2019, at 1:57 PM, Matt Carmichael <Matt.Carmichael@uopd.org> wrote:

Good afternoon,
 
Thank you for your patience.  I hope you find the enclosed information helpful.
 
Sincerely,
 
Matt 

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On Apr 3, 2019, at 2:06 PM, Senate President <senatepres@uoregon.edu> wrote:

Hi Matt, thanks for this report, which however is just a snapshot of the most recent data, and does not provide any time trends. 

The data I used, while from a more limited (but arguably more relevant) geographical area, shows a decrease over time:

2016: 190 incidents, 11 thefts, 4 assaults
2017: 198 incidents, 11 thefts, 11 assaults
2018: 163 incidents, 11 thefts, 5 assaults
2019: 149 incidents, 15 thefts, 0 assaults

If you come across any information on trends, I’d be interested in seeing it.

Bill Harbaugh
UO Econ Prof & Senate Pres
http://senate.uoregon.edu

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