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No Increase In Crime, But More Awareness, In Eugene

Brian Bull

While crime isn’t up in Eugene, awareness in some neighborhoods has grown. Home and car break-ins are frequently shared in apps like “nextdoor” and neighborhood Facebook groups. 

New surveillance technology, like doorbell cameras, can catch thieves in action. But Eugene Police say there’s no notable increase in property crime from previous years. Crime Prevention Specialist Jeff Blonde says it’s helpful for EPD to be informed of an incident, even if nothing of value is taken.

“If a crime has occurred. Even if it seems minor, it’s good to report things. You can go online and do that or if it’s an non-emergency situation, even just to call something in, suspicious activity, so there is a record of it, because that’s documented.”

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Blonde says using things like steering wheel clubs for cars, putting alarms on windows, and never leaving anything in one’s vehicle can deter property crime. He also recommends investing in a good bike lock if you cycle. 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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