MEDFORD, Ore. — Crime rates in Medford are on the decline so far in 2018, according to numbers reported by the Medford Police Department (MPD).
The department reports that crime rates between January and July of this year are down 13.9 percent from the same period in 2017.
Below you will find the complete breakdown across different types of crime, as reported by MPD:
Assault - down 8.7%
Theft - down 20.8% (604 less cases)
Fraud - down 12%
Vandalism - down 22.4% (260 less cases)
Drugs - down 20.3% (208 less cases)
Traffic Crimes (non DUII) - down 11%
MPD also recorded increases in several types of crime:
Stolen cars - up 6.5%
Weapon law violations - up 13%
Littering - up 52%
DUII - up 12.8%
Sex Offender, Failure to Register - up 52%
According to MPD, those increased rates do not necessarily reflect an upsurge in that type of crime, but a difference in how officers are enforcing them.
"Overall this is good news. Some of the increases noted above are officer initiated activities, so they are not as bad as they may look," MPD said in a Facebook post. "But, we need to continue to work together to combat the meth and heroin abuse, which is directly linked to almost all of our property crime."
"Stay safe and be vigilant out there. Protect your stuff!"