Burglary involves the unauthorized entry into a building or remaining inside a building without consent of the owners or property managers with the intent to commit a crime. Normally the intent is to engage in larceny, or the taking of property or valuables. An important component of “residential burglary” is that that the structure entered is a dwelling. This includes houses, apartments, condos, dorm rooms, hotel/motel rooms, RV trailers, and houseboats used as permanent dwellings.
The data analysis presented in this section of the Portland Crime Data website includes burglaries occurring in Portland, Oregon that meet the above definition. It does not include commercial burglaries to businesses or crimes such as trespass, where a person refuses to leave a residence but does not commit a crime.
The data was obtained from the records contained in the Portland Police Data System (PPDS). It includes incidents dating from 1995 until 2011 based on the date the crime was reported to the police. The data for this report may not be consistent with reported Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) data as it has been aggregated differently in an attempt to make the findings more understandable for the general public. Also, a small number of incidents with an unknown location of occurrence and those we were unable to "geocode" have been excluded from the maps.
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