Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice and University Honors
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Most of the public’s understanding of crime is based on mainstream media coverage, which is often tainted by sensationalism and oversimplification. News coverage tends to focus on shorter-term trends that can exaggerate crime patterns and obscure important contextual details. Although there are large quantities of data that can be used to analyze crime over long periods of time and in great detail, long-term analyses are often overlooked due to the ever-present need for shorter-term analyses to inform local policies and policing strategies. In this report, we will utilize UCR and NIBRS data to analyze both the nature of individual offenses and the overarching crime patterns in Bend, Oregon between 2000 and 2019. We will first utilize UCR data to provide an overview of Index Crimes in Bend between 2000 and 2019. We then provide a summary of all criminal incidents in Bend between 2010 and 2018. The remainder of this report analyzes the patterns and characteristics of nine NIBRS offense categories between 2010 and 2019. The findings in this report can provide accurate information to the public about current crime trends in Bend within the bigger picture and can additionally be used to inform local policies and law enforcement strategies for combating crime. Furthermore, this report provides an example of what can be done with the extensive amount of detailed criminal data available to the public that is often overlooked and under-analyzed.
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Schorr, Holly, "Crime Patterns in Bend, Oregon Over a Twenty-Year Period" (2021). University Honors Theses. Paper 1070.