Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on June 24th, 2013 at 3:39 pm
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)
Here’s some great news for downtown Portland: it seems to be getting safer for parked bikes. Much safer.
You might have seen recent media reports that Portland bike theft reports dipped 13 percent citywide last year, according to a new Portland Police Bureau report. But what you didn’t read was that fully half of the drop came from a single neighborhood: downtown.
In 2011, one in 10 bikes reported stolen in the city was lifted from downtown Portland. Last year, the ratio fell to one in 20.
It comes out to 150 fewer bikes swiped from the city’s densest neighborhood, down from about 280 in 2011 to 107 in 2012. Authorities say they don’t know what caused such a sharp and localized drop.
“Of course we’d love to say that it’s because of the increased awareness we have provided on securing bikes,” police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson wrote in an email. “But very hard to quantify.”
In police statistics, “downtown” includes the longtime hub of local bike theft: Portland State University. But theft is dropping on campus, too.
PSU Transportation Options Director Ian Stude said PSU’s own reports declined from 65 in 2011 to 45 in 2012.