Data from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report show the number of homicides rose nearly 83% from the previous year.
In 2020, there were 53 homicides reported. In 2019, there were 29. The number of homicides reported in 2020 is more than double the number in 2018 and 2017.
In February 2021, Clay Mosher, a sociology professor at Washington State University Vancouver who studies crime trends, told KOIN 6 News it’s possible crime during the COVID-19 pandemic years could prove to be a statistical anomaly and he’s interested to see what the long-term data will show.
In 2021, the Portland Police Bureau says there were 60 homicides reported between January and August.
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