Portland crime rate drops in 2013, police say

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland crime was down to its lowest rate in more than 40 years during 2013, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Official crime numbers have not been released, but police said there were 14 homicides last year, a 46 percent decrease from 2012 (24 homicides).

Police also said aggravated assaults were down eight percent and robberies were down seven percent.

Rape cases, however, increased by eight percent in 2013.

The overall crime rate is expected to be down five percent when official numbers are released. It would be the lowest rate since 1967, according to police.