Crime Spotter

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How-to Guide for Crime Spotter
Crime Spotter has been developed with ease-of-use in mind. Crime Spotter only requires a valid street address number within the City of Tigard to create a map of crimes surrounding that location. Based on the results of your search, Crime Spotter will return a listing of locations that match your search criteria.

You can browse the list and select the location of interest. Crime Spotter will return detailed information on the types and occurrences of crime for the selected area. 

Launch Crime Spotter
Crime Spotter


How Do I Get Started?

Step 1:
The first page of CRIME Spotter opens with single search box asking “Where do you want to explore?”.  Begin typing an address (e.g., 13125 SW HALL BLVD), an intersection (e.g., BURNHAM CT & HILL ST) or a taxlot ID (e.g., 2S102DA00401) and you will be presented with some suggestions matching what you have typed.  Choose a suggestion and click Search.  You can also click on Search without choosing a selection to see ALL values matching what you’ve typed.

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Step 2:
If CRIME Spotter detects multiple candidates it will display a Candidate List. Click on the address that you wish to explore around.
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Step 2B:
If you enter a street intersection, CRIME Spotter takes you to the intersection and provides you with a list of addresses in the immediate vicinity.  Click the desired address to launch CRIME Spotter or if the list is still too big to select from, use the zoom tool (+ and -) to zoom in and out to narrow the candidate list.  
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Step 3:
CRIME Spotter then generates a new page starting with a summary of all "Familiar" Crimes.
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Below the grid map, CRIME Spotter generates a graph of total reported crime occurring within a one-half mile radius of the entered address. Hover your mouse over the each column to see individual totals.
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Click on any of the individual crime tabs along the top to see specific crimes along with corresponding descriptive information.  The descriptive information displayed represents only those crimes that are within a half-mile radius of the queried address. To start a new search, click the Search tab located at the top.
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What Crimes Are Included?

CRIME Spotter displays only reported crimes that result in a Police report. The Summary Total Crime Grid and corresponding chart display all reported crimes. The individual tabs along the top display “Familiar” and “Other” Crimes. CRIME Spotter does not show calls to the Police Department that do not lead to a determination that a crime has been committed. CRIME Spotter include Rapes and Sex Offenses, although to protect the privacy of the victims, the locations of those crimes are not shown on the map or in the table.

General Crime Definitions

  • Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempts to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling, public building, other building or structure, motor vehicle, aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
  • Assault:
    • Aggravated assault / Attempt murder: is the attack or threat of attack for the purpose of inflicting severe bodily injury, usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or other means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
    • Simple Assault / Resist Arrest: is limited to the use of personal physical force against another.  It does not involve the use of any firearm, knife, cutting instrument or other dangerous weapon.  Injury, if any, requires little more than first aid treatment.
  • Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
  • Disorderly Conduct: Any behavior that intends to disturb the public peace or decorum causes public inconvenience annoyance or alarm, or shock the public sense of morality.
  • Disturbance: The interruption of a settled and peaceful condition.
  • Drug Offense: The violation of laws prohibiting the production, distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances and equipment or devices utilized in their preparation and/or use.
  • DUII: Driving or operating a motor vehicle or common carrier while mentally or physically impaired as the result of consuming an alcoholic beverage or using a drug or narcotic.
  • Embezzlement:  The unlawful misappropriation or misapplication by an offender to his/her own use or purpose of money, property, or some other thing of value entrusted to his/her care, custody or control.
  • Family Offense: Unlawful nonviolent acts by a family member (or legal guardian) which threaten the physical, mental, or economic well-being or morals of another family member and which are not classifiable as other offenses.
  • Forgery/Counterfeiting: The altering, copying, or imitating of something without authority or right, with the intent to deceive or defraud by passing the copy as the original.
  • Fraud: The intentional perversion of the truth for the purpose of inducing another person or other entity in reliance upon it to part with something of value or surrender a legal right.
  • Graffiti: (this is type of Vandalism or Criminal Mischief) Willful or maliciously destroy, injure, disfigure, or deface any public or private property without the consent of the owner or person having custody or control by marking, painting, or drawing.
  • Homicide: Willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
  • Kidnap: Commits this when, with intent to interfere substantially with another's personal liberty, and without legal consent a person takes another from one place to another or secretly confines a person in a place where the person is not likely to be found.
  • Larceny/Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.
  • Liquor Law: The violation of local laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: Theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
  • Rape: The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Assaults and attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force are also included; however, statutory rape (without force) and other sex offenses are excluded.
  • Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  • Sex Offenses: Offenses against chastity, common decency, morals, and the like.
  • Theft From Motor Vehicle: Thefts of articles from automobiles, trucks, attached truck trailers, buses, vans motor homes or motorcycles.  Also, includes any parts or accessory attached to the interior or exterior of a motor vehicle.
  • Traffic Crimes:
    • Driving while suspended or revoked: If a person drives a vehicle during the period when the person's driving privileges or right to apply for privileges have been suspended by the Department of Transportation, or when they drive outside the limitations of a probationary permit.
    • Reckless Driving: If a person drives a vehicle in a manner that endangers the safety of persons or property.
    • Elude: A person knowingly flees or attempts to flee a pursuing police officer.
  • Trespass: To unlawfully enter land, a dwelling, or other real property with no intent to commit a felony or theft.
  • Vandalism/Criminal Mischief: Consists of the willful, malicious, or mischievous destruction, injury, disfigurement, or defacement of any public or private property, real or personal, without consent of the owner or person having custody or control, by cutting, tearing, breaking, marking, painting, drawing, converting with filth, or any other means as may be specified by law.
  • Weapons: The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons.

Interpreting the Map

Crime Locations
Crime locations are displayed as points on the map and are symbolized to distinguish the type of crime (e.g., a green dot represents Burglary). A legend appearing on the right side of the map displays the different types of crimes and their corresponding symbology.

The points shown are single addresses of the reported crime; however, not all crimes occur at a specific location. In these cases the nearest cross street or block is used. For example, if a theft occurs from a vehicle that is parked in the street the nearest cross street is used as the location.

The map may display multiple points at a given location if that address contains more than one reported crime in a given category within a 12 month period (For example, two Burglaries at the same address). The points will be overlapping on the map and appear as only one point. The table below the map shows all of the crimes that are within the half-mile radius, so if multiple crimes in a single category do exist they will appear in the table.

The crimes shown are current as of the first of previous month; however Police reports are not entered immediately into the database. As such, there is a lag between the time the crime was reported and when the crime appears on this web site.

Descriptive Information

The table displays descriptive information for each report crime within the half-mile radius of the queried address. These include the following:
  • Case Number:  a unique identifier
  • Address:  the location or nearest location of the crime
  • Date Occurred / Time Occurred:  the date/time the crime is believed to have taken place, when a time frame is giving the low or earliest date/time is used
  • Description:  the type of crime
Note: for privacy protection addresses for rape crimes are not shown.

Purpose of CRIME Spotter

CRIME Spotter is a map-based tool for general information about criminal activity within the City of Tigard. It provides a visual representation of where crime has occurred using a twelve month database of crimes that has been created specifically for use on the web. This database is updated with new crime data each month.

CRIME Spotter works by entering an address, which in turn generates a one mile summary of reported crimes with descriptive information. The address entered in CRIME Spotter is where the map is centered. While it does not specifically return crime activity at the address entered, the information will be included in the overall extraction of information that is contained within the standard parameter.

Tigard's reputation as a safe community is a result of many things, including proactive, community-oriented law enforcement and the effort of active, informed citizens and neighborhood groups working together. Tigard's history as a city with lower than average crime rate, along with very low incidents of more serious or "stranger to stranger" types of crime make living here desirable. To achieve this, in part, is a result of citizens and business partners in the community taking an interest and working closely with police.