“Our biggest concern we have remains property crime,” said Chief Pete Kerns, Eugene Police Department.
Kerns laid out the biggest crime problems the city faced during 2012. EPD said property crime remains a major problem in Eugene.
“We remain in about the 80th percentile for property crime when compared to other cities our size across the country,” Kerns said.
During 2012 property crime made up more than half of the crimes taking place in the city. It increased by 6 percent from 2011 to 2012. Arson was another major crime during that year.
“This year the city had at least one series of arsons where the suspect walked down alleys lighting garbage cans and dumpsters on fire,” Kerns said.
So far in 2013, the department sees more people armed out on the streets.
“Over the first three months of 2013 there’s been a 33% increase in the number of weapons offenses with an 89% increase in weapons possessed illegally and 19% increase in weapons being carried concealed,” Kerns said.
During 2012 Chief Kerns said the department had a focused, proactive effort that resulted in more citations.
“Our total arrests were 235 higher than in the previous year, we made 350 more field interviews, person stops than we did in the previous year and we issued 1,780 more uniform traffic citations last year,” Kerns said.