Crime in Portland, OR, United States

Crime rates in Portland, OR, United States

Level of crime
64.36 High
Crime increasing in the past 5 years
82.36 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
50.27 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
43.06 Moderate
Worries car stolen
54.02 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
71.24 High
Worries attacked
47.49 Moderate
Worries being insulted
58.33 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
30.59 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
75.30 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
72.87 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
52.78 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
39.74 Low

Safety in Portland, OR, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
66.96 High
Safety walking alone during night
38.01 Low

Contributors: 264

Last update: June 2024

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 5 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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6 Comments so far
Anonymous on Feb 14, 2024:
This used to be a phenomenal place to live. There was a low crime index, everyone was accommodating, kind and helpful. It was safe. There was a mass exodus of people from California and all has changed. The cost of rent/homes are extortionate, the freeways are clogged/dangerous and people just tend to be more antisocial and self-serving. After "Portlandia" people flocked to this "ideal city". It is a haven for the mentally ill homeless. I had a homeless person come to my door knocking to ask for a hand out and threatened me if I didn't comply. The police did ZERO. It's like being in a third world country. It is heartbreaking. Good people were chased out to the Burbs, which are also getting worse by the day.
"Sky-is-falling fearfulness" is real.
Anonymous on Oct 22, 2022:
If Portland is so much going down the drain, then why are rents and house prices so high? In Detroit property values absolutely tanked. Portland has a thriving economy and the rent costs don’t help with the homelessness. Sure, parts of the city look terrible and we’ll have to work our way through that. All the chicken-little, sky-is-falling fearfulness doesn’t help.
Joe Marshall on Jun 28, 2022:
I’m a 3rd generation Oregonian.. I was born and raised in the Portland, OR. area. Grade school, high school and college. I moved to Chicago in 1985 and just returned to Portland, in 2015.
Every comment that is printed here is true. Portland is being taken over by drug addicted homeless people who want no help from the city services. The homeless camps out number the city parks. Local government will do nothing because they are worried about hurting someone’s feelings. Mayor Ted Wheeler and city commissioner Joanne Hardesy have ruined any hope of our city recovering from the desperate destruction by the homeless drug users and dealers. It is NOT a crime in the city of portland to steal a car or to steal, or shoplift any merchandise from any nationality recognized chain store. Kroger, Target, Trader Joe’s and other stores will not prosecute, arrest or even call the Portland Police Department for any reason … one reason being that PPD just refuses to answer calls. I have witnessed people walking out of these stores with shopping carts full of merchandise, past "security" and out to the parking lot without being stopped or questioned. City officials known that the majority of the residents in Portland, are still bleeding hearts and do not mind having the increase of store prices go through the roof and being passed on to them.. Now because of the higher fuel prices I noticed more and more "normal" people, residents shoplifting also. There is a "if they can do it so can I" attitude here in Portland, OR. now. It’s just so sad. It’s becoming a third world city … correction… it IS a third world city.
Anonymous on Nov 08, 2021:
This city has fallen. Giant homeless camps litter the freeways and needles are strewn throughout the city. Parts of Downtown are still boarded up after last summer's riots. Once beloved businesses are permanently closed. Armed militia (yes really) patrol neighbourhoods and posters on lamp posts warn residents that fascists are lurking everywhere. Bullets are scattered on cycle paths. Placards in parks read 'Do Not Murder'. Covid is a cult here, bars require proof of vaccination even though there are no federal/state mandates requiring them to do so.

I wish everything I write above was false, but I have personally witnessed all of the above in the past 12 months. It was not like this 3 years ago and it was nothing like this 10 years ago (though car break ins were as common back then as they are today).

I've lived in many cities around the world, sadly Portland has become one of the worst. Such a shame.
Anonymous on Feb 27, 2021:
It is amazing what the socialist democratic local government has done to portland in only 2 years. The decline is extraordinary unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Its almost as if the mayor wheeler and the city council of very freaky and high school educated radical woman and poc actually wanted to destroy what was only a couple years ago the place to move to. Tent cities everywhere. drugs. crime. murder. skyrocketing property tax. Its unbelievable.
Ryan on Feb 14, 2021:
Stay away from Portland at all costs. The city is rapidly deteriorating and is well on its way to becoming Detroit 2.0. One of the first few times I’ve ever gone downtown I’ve immediately seen people shooting heroin (or something else). Rent prices are through the roof and so are home prices. The city has become the focal point for violent protests of all kinds and there are many homeless people who the government refuses to help. Along with the complete legalization of all drugs that Oregon passed last year, I think it’s safe to say Portland and Oregon as an extension has become something to avoid like the plague. If you live here you know full and well that it’s rare to have a week (or day) without the local news reporting a homicide.