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ID theft up in county

Identity theft is up 28 percent, though overall crime is down slightly, according to a new report on 2013 crime statistics released July 10 from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

The majority of crimes were property crimes (67.9 percent) and behavioral crimes (21.9 percent). Violent crimes were the least, comprising 10.2 percent.

The report also included numbers on inmates. In 2013, more than 15,000 new prisoners were booked into Clackamas County Jail and 76.5 percent of them had been there before. That represents a 5.1 percentage point increase in repeat offenders.

Overall, crime was down 1 percent from the year before. The three-year average shows a 3.9 percent decline in crime.

Officers responded to 47,930 calls, a 5.3 percent decrease from the year before. They boosted foot patrols, but backed off on vehicle stops and boat stops.

In addition, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT) responded to 22 incidents, eight of which were outside the county. This was nearly twice the average number of calls in recent years. The Search and Rescue Unit responded to 68 missions, down from 94 in 2012.

The top two causes for traffic accidents in 2013 were careless driving and excessive speed.

Out of 476 cars stolen, 355 were recovered.




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