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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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What you can do about vehicle vandalism

Ways to prevent vehicle vandalism

There was a report of a vehicle being tagged (painted) in East Portland while it was still light out. The most effective ways to deter vehicle vandalism are to prevent access to the car or to park in a location where activities can be readily observed.

Some options that help prevent vehicle vandalism from happening to you:

  • Park your vehicle off the street and in a garage if possible.
  • Park your vehicle in a carport or the driveway.
  • If you park it on the street, choose a location that is visible from your home and to your neighbors. You may need to prune vegetation or make other alterations to improve visibility.
  • Enhance your exterior lighting by: leaving porch lights on when it is dark, adding motion sensor lighting to the garage and/or adding pathway or sidewalk solar lighting in the front of your home.

Use the power of observation

Let’s look out for one another. When you hear something outside or are up early or late, take the time to look out your window onto the street. If you wake up in the middle of the night and get up, walk to the window and look at vehicles parked in front of your or neighbor’s property.

Report, Report, Report

If you see someone hanging out by or close to your or your neighbors’ car and you do not recognize the individual(s), call the police. Report all crime and suspicious activity immediately; call 9-1-1 for immediate threats to property and crimes in progress and 503-823-3333 for suspicious activity. If your car is vandalized, please report it to the police. Use your smart phone, computer, laptop, tablet or other electronic device to make an online report at

For more information about vehicle and home safety and security, contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator. Call 503-823-4064 or 503-823-4000 to locate the coordinator for your neighborhood or area.

2015 Crime Prevention Awards Ceremony

Crime Prevention Awards Recipients at National Night Out Info Fair

 Check out for descriptions of awards

Pennington Award-Howard Weiner

Howard Weiner embodies the community spirit of the Pennington Award. Howard has been a community activist and leader in Portland for over three decades. When he chaired the Livability and Public Safety Committee for the Old Town-Chinatown Neighborhood Association, he helped to increase community participation. Fed up with the blatant drug use and drug dealing in the neighborhood, he organized a livability and public safety committee that would ultimately help develop the “Drug Impact Area” ordinance. In order to help improve safety during peak entertainment hours in the neighborhood, Howard helped in the planning process of a regular street closure program. The entertainment district street closure has resulted in a 30% decrease in crime along NW 3rd Avenue during street closure hours. Howard has taken an active role in engaging the community in problem solving efforts and continues to have a passion for public safety. 

Neighborhood Watch/Foot Patrol Award-Friends of River Place

Thanks to Susan West, Marlon Bump and Deputy Shanks, the Riverplace Marina is a safe place for the community to enjoy and for boaters to dock. Susan, Marlon and Deputy Shanks contacted Crime Prevention in early 2015 to start a Community Foot Patrol for the Riverplace Marina, located just south of the Hawthorne Bridge. The public docks at this marina had become over-run by loitering, drug dealing, and off-leash dogs. Community members were feeling unsafe and increasingly frustrated by the continued violations of park rules. Susan, Marlon and Deputy Shanks were instrumental in organizing one of the largest Foot Patrols in recent times with the City of Portland. The Friends of Riverplace foot patrol is thriving with upwards of thirty-five volunteers. Because of their regular and random safety walks around the marina docks, the community can feel safer while enjoying this space. 

Public Safety/Livability Project-Holladay Park Partnership

Holladay Park is a fun place to be thanks to the Holladay Park Partnership! The Holladay Park Partnership is a collaboration between Lloyd Center, the Portland Parks Ranger Program and Portland Parks and Recreation that strives to create a safe place to play. The program includes a children’s interactive playground, a reading room, ping pong tables, foosball, a game cart, piano player, live music, and yoga classes. A park host is responsible for handing out games, engaging families, monitoring the park and encouraging community members to participate in pro-social activities. A park ranger is also stationed at Holladay Park during the activities to ensure the safety and security of the park. Since the implementation of the Holladay Park Partnership, crime and the fear of crime has decreased, making it a more accessible and inviting place for visitors and community members.

Public Safety Partner Award-Officer Lisa Fort

Neighborhood Response Team Officer Lisa Fort is the definition of a Public Safety Partner. When she was assigned to Central Precinct’s inner east side neighborhoods to address problems associated with chronic camping, she did so with a passion for helping the individuals experiencing homelessness and the neighbors alike. Officer Fort focused her organizing efforts in the area of 11th and SE Stark where camping created significant impacts on the immediate neighborhood. She contacted nearby businesses and solicited their participation in improving the neighborhood, offering Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) ideas on territoriality, lighting, landscaping and maintenance. She was very responsive to the requests for service and kept a positive attitude when working with area businesses as well as campers. She encouraged businesses to work together and create a Local Improvement District. She also formed relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness, doing her best to provide resources and services. Officer Fort was a major catalyst for much needed improvements in the area!

Learn how to hold the best block party ever

National Night Out Info Fair on Thursday, July 9th, 5:30pm at Laurelhurst Park

Would you like to learn more about National Night Out (NNO) or are you looking for ideas for your neighborhood party? The City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program is hosting a National Night Out (NNO) Information Fair on Thursday, July 9th in Laurelhurst Park (North of the pond on SE Ankeny) from 5:30-7:30pm. Learn how to close a street, reserve a park, or get a noise variance for your party! Learn new party games for kids and grown ups alike!  

National Night Out is an annual celebration where the community gathers at small block parties or neighborhood events to strengthen their relationships with one another and public safety officials in the spirit of creating safer neighborhoods. When neighbors get to know each other at NNO and block parties, they create a connected and safer community.

Crime Prevention, Parks Bureau, Noise Control, Portland Bureau of Transportation, neighborhood coalition offices and others will be on hand to answer questions about this annual event. The Portland Police and Fire Bureaus and the Mayor will also join the festivities. There will be a short awards ceremony honoring volunteers who make a difference in their neighborhoods. Food and drinks will be served.

Please join us at our kid-friendly gathering!

For more info on NNO, visit

National Night Out Info Fair flyer

Crime Prevention at Your Place of Worship

Security considerations for faith groups

Communities of Faith Meeting

Photo: Training for NW faith groups with the Crime Prevention Program,

Portland Police Bureau, District Attorney's Office

Have security measures been implemented at your place of worship? Do they include a range of considerations from burglary prevention, staff and volunteer background checks, key control to protocols for a crisis on site?

Security can sometimes be an afterthought for communities of faith. Staff and volunteers are often stretched thin with multiple obligations. Some congregants may feel that security imposes barriers to connecting, creating a welcoming place and helping others. However, providing a safe environment for staff, members and guests is just as an important function as providing for the various needs of the community. 

“The built environment incentivizes or discourages bad behavior”, said Jacob Brostoff, Crime Prevention Coordinator, at a recent meeting with NW faith groups. Incorporating security measures into the design, improvement, and maintenance of the property can help prevent crime and livability issues. Consider some of the following steps:

  • Make your property more visible so that problem activities can be observed by staff, members, guests, and neighbors. 
  • Improve the security hardware and take other measures to prevent criminal access, especially to entry points and vulnerable areas of your property. 
  • Define where your property begins and establish expectations of its use. 

Work with your organization’s staff to evaluate the overall security of your property. Portland groups can contact the City of Portland's Crime Prevention Program for assistance.We have recently created a security checklist for Communities of Faith. You can find it here: 

City of Portland's Crime Prevention Program


Neighbors Form a Foot Patrol to Tackle Crime and Livability Issues

How Foot Patrols can make a difference

Foot PatrolNeighbors walking

Wanting to feel safe walking the docks at night, neighbors and businesses of the Riverplace Esplanade contacted the City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program for assistance. Based on neighbor concerns about trash, drug dealing, thefts, harassment, and livability issues on the City-owned docks, Mark Wells, Community Organizing Specialist, offered to help them organize a Foot Patrol. Fifteen trained residents joined Crime Prevention, Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol, a Portland Police Sergeant, and Portland Park Rangers for their first walk yesterday. Serving as a positive presence and active reporters of problems in their neighborhood, these involved residents are sure to make an impact.

Neighbors typically contact Crime Prevention to get a Foot Patrol going in response to crime and livability concerns at a park, school, or other area. Neighbors can also form one proactively and are advised to do so for vulnerable areas. The goal of a Community Foot Patrol is to engage in a long-term sustained effort that is as much about building community as it is about addressing the particular crime and livability issues. To initiate one, there should be approximately 10-15 people willing to attend a two hour training. Says Wells, “With Foot Patrols, people walk a geographic area and work very closely with law enforcement. They are trained to be good witnesses and callers, and to be a visible presence. It’s not just helpful to deter criminal activity, but it’s equally important for the positive users of the property to see the Foot Patrollers walking, to know that there are community members who really care and keep tabs on things”. Wells emphasizes that patrols are non-confrontational and not about vigilantism. “It’s being trained on how to observe suspicious activity, how to keep a safe distance, how to avoid confrontation at all costs.”

The reality is that law enforcement agencies are not able to be everywhere and will not know the community as well as the people living there. The visible presence of the patrols communicates to the criminal element that their activities will be observed and the immediate reporting of issues will translate into problems being addressed more readily. Lieutenant Travis Gullberg of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol says this about patrols, “They enhance our ability to know what’s going on in the community. We can’t be everywhere. If you can partner with private citizens to help do the Foot Patrols, it adds to the services we provide and benefits the community, keeping them safe.”

If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch or Foot Patrol in your Portland neighborhood, contact Mark Wells at, 503-823-2781. See our brochure Establishing Your Community Foot Patrol at