A Look at the Highest Rates of Car Theft in Portland’s Neighborhoods

Data from the Portland Police Bureau reveals that some areas of the city have a far higher rate of auto theft than others, with an average of 30 thefts per day.

One thousand seven hundred eighty-nine vehicles were stolen in the city in January and February of 2023. Thefts of automobiles totaled 10,891 in 2022. These figures add up to an average of 30 stolen cars every day in the city.

Most of the 15 neighborhoods with the highest number of auto thefts in 2023 are situated east of the Willamette River and west of Interstate 205. However, the west side of Portland saw the highest theft rate in the first two months of 2023. The latest PPB data shows that 74 automobiles have been stolen in the Northwest District.

Highest Rates of Car Theft in Portland's Neighborhoods

The following three highest areas for car theft in Portland are all located on the city’s eastern edge: Powellhurst-Gilbert (61), Lents (59), and Hazelwood (71).

The East Precinct of the Portland Police Bureau has been conducting specialized stolen vehicle operations missions since most vehicle thefts have happened in communities east of the Willamette River. They’ll spend hours patrolling a region and stopping people they think are driving stolen vehicles.

They spent 10 hours on March 19 in the Roseway and Madison South areas, where 32 vehicles have been stolen thus far this year. Eighty-eight percent of stolen vehicles in 2023 were recovered, and 84 percent were found within 30 days, as reported by PPB.

To improve its patrols for stolen automobiles, PPB is collaborating with OHSU academics. Using data analytics, the number of stolen vehicles recovered by police on stolen vehicle operations missions has increased from 1 in every 31 traffic stops to 1 in every six visits.

The most recent information on everything occurring in Portland:

In January and February of 2023, these were the Portland neighborhoods where automobiles were most often stolen:

  • Northwest – 74
  • Hazelwood – 71
  • Powellhurst-Gilbert – 61
  • Lents – 59
  • Downtown – 57
  • Centennial – 54
  • Overlook – 52
  • Arbor Lodge – 48
  • Kenton – 42
  • St. Johns – 42
  • Concordia – 40
  • Kerns – 39
  • Montavilla – 36
  • Lloyd – 34
  • Piedmont – 33

Kia, Hyundai, Ford, Subaru, and Honda are the top five most stolen car brands in 2023, according to the police.

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