Less Sex Offenders, Less Safe?

manWhen you think of Corvallis, what are some words that come to mind? I’m guessing “crime” doesn’t make the cut. As it turns out, Corvallis ain’t the safest city in all the lands, and crime rates fare worse comparatively to state and national averages. Heck, even Albany appears a statistically safer neighborhood.

According to data on Neighborhood Scout, Corvallis has an overall crime rate higher than 81% of all other Oregon towns and cities—also higher than most cities with similar population sizes. Albany is pretty much on our level here, also showing a higher rate than similar-sized communities, and a general crime rate higher than 82% of cities in Oregon of all sizes.

There are an expected 33 crimes per 1,000 residents in both Corvallis and Albany, and citizens of each city have a 1 in 30 chance of falling victim to either violent (rape, murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery) or property crimes (burglary, vehicle theft, arson). Violent crimes in Corvallis specifically have a rate of 1 in 1,000 residents and the chances of falling victim are 1 in 763, which is in the average range for American communities.

For a broader state-level scope, the odds of any Oregon citizen becoming a victim of property crime is 1 in 35, and of violent crime, 1 in 430. Corvallis’ property crime rate is above state and national averages, at 32 per 1,000 residents and the odds of 1 in 32. That makes our property crime rate 6 points higher than the national median, at 26.

Albany’s violent crime rate sits well below average, with the odds of falling victim at 1 in 1,130. But similar to our city, the odds for property crimes are 1 in 31. Overall, Corvallis is considered safer than 18% of American cities, with Albany at 17%. Corvallis is reported as having 72 violent crimes and 1,737 property crimes annually, whereas Albany’s annual numbers are 46 and 1,675 respectively.

Don’t be too down about it though, Corvallisites, because Albany has far more sex offenders than we do. There are only two predatory sex offenders living in Corvallis, making up half of all listed in Benton County. There are a whopping 44 listed predatory or violent, dangerous offenders in Linn County, 22 of them residing in Albany. These numbers only represent offenders of public concern and thus mandated to be listed, but still, we have Albany beat in the predator pool, so there. Take that, Albany, you sex offender infested (safer) place.

By Stevie Beisswanger