Portland police released crime statistics for the area of downtown Portland that includes the Occupy Portland encampment and the numbers showed an 81 percent spike in crime compared to the two weeks before the protest started.
But Occupy Portland says the figures don't tell the whole story.
Police said between Oct. 6 and 20, there were 11 arrests for vandalism and 16 for disorderly conduct. In the two weeks before the protest, there were two arrests for vandalism and two for disorderly conduct.
"We did have some issues in that first week of people coming in and not respecting the community's wishes," said Carrie Madina, a member of the Occupy Portland social media committee. "But these stats are from the 20-block radius surrounding the park and they also don't take into account the influx of people here. There's a much larger population than there was prior to the sixth of October."
Police acknowledge the percentages are misleading because the comparisons include relatively small numbers of crime.
"It's such a small sample, the numbers are so small to begin with, determining statistical significance is very difficult," Madina said.
Occupy Portland also said the group is becoming more efficient at addressing safety issues at the camp and has volunteers dedicated to safety and peacekeeping. They are also getting help from Portland police.
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