A question to many who are not used to city life, is it safe despite the higher crime rates? More importantly, is Eugene a safe place to live. According to Sperling, an online site that takes the public opinion of a region on a scale of 1-10, Eugene has a violent crime rate which is ranked 4/10 by the public. A 4 is considered an average rating for the country. The damage to personal property is ranked 7/10 by the public.

    Violent crimes are often composed of many different offenses including: Murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crime is more often composed of: burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

    Downtown Eugene is often considered the epicenter of greater crime, as often is the case in cities around the world. To many individuals who have moved to Eugene from other cities within Oregon, they often mention that Salem and/or Portland are more appealing places to live. This is mostly due to the reason that they have experienced theft in their time here in Eugene.

    Though there is a considerably lower amount of racism in Eugene, according to public opinion,  there is a high drug use community. Many cases of theft and assault are linked to those who were either using a drug, or needed the drug due to addiction.

    Officer Renee Tobler, stated that Eugene was “As safe, if not more than a big city.” When asked if the crime rates in the city had increased in the past ten years, Renee agreed that it has. This is directly related to budget cuts, the departments cannot support enough officers to cover the constantly increasing population of citizens. This causes there to be an increase of crime, though the local authorities are still doing everything they can. Renee mentioned a constant fact, “Bigger cities, means more crime.” which is often associated with a great population.

    Here are ways to protect yourself from being the victim of a crime:

  • Use the buddy system. Being around someone you can trust and walking out in better lighted locations, can increase your safety greatly.

  • Avoid intoxication, this will decrease your ability to use good judgement in a dangerous situation.

  • If you are grabbed or attacked, it is always best to fight back. Make as much noise as possible to attract the attention of others.

  • Avoid coming in close proximity with people you do not know.

  • If you fear that someone is following you, and that you are in danger, call 911 immediately.


    For further information for crime statistics for the city of Eugene go to:  http://www.eugene-or.gov/

You may find further information on this topic by going to the Services, and then Police tabs on the Eugene, OR website.