Thursday, March 6, 2014

Argus Observer: Study Indicates Ontario Is Oregon's Least Safe City

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The border city of Ontario, Ore., has been named the most unsafe city in Oregon in an article published by Movoto Real Estate, using statistics from the FBI.

But this morning's Ontario Argus Observer reports that the unofficial survey didn't include the majority of Oregon towns and cities, which have populations of 10,000 or fewer people.

"Does the report offer a fair picture of [Ontario]?" asks the Argus Observer's Zachary Chastaine. "The simple answer is: kind of. While statistics do show Ontario has a higher crime rate than some cities with similar populations, that might not make it the least safe city in Oregon."

As an example, Chastaine reports that Pendleton and Oregon City have similar numbers of property crimes, burglaries and robberies, but Ontario has a smaller population, therefore a higher crime rate. The statistics do indicate that Ontario had 64 aggravated assault cases in 2012, notably higher than Pendleton or Oregon City, and even higher than Forest Grove, which has twice the population of Ontario.

"If there is a better or more efficient way to make our city safer, we want to know about it," Ontario City Manager Jay Henry told the Argus Observer. "I am looking forward to seeing the results of the study.”

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