A survey by the Oregon Small Business Association Foundation has revealed that roughly 81% of the small business community is witnessing an increase in criminal activity.
This crime wave on top of a pandemic and lockdown makes it unbearable for small business.
For one Farmers Market Owner, crime is an everyday problem as he stated, “My business catches thieves every day.”
In the survey a Portland Resident said, “Both crime and homelessness are way up in my city.” Recent data from Portland Police Bureau back up those facts, as Portland has seen a 47% increase in vandalism and 32% increase in burglaries.
The survey represented the thoughts of over 400 small business owners, leader and advocates across Oregon from the period between December 2020 and January 2021.