Starting in March '14, the Landlord Forum will move to East PrecinctRead More…
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Starting in March '14, the Landlord Forum will move to East Precinct
For almost two years, our monthly Landlord Forum has been held in the community room at Southeast Precinct at 47th and E. Burnside. The Forum has gained attendance to the point that the room was becoming uncomfortable. Starting with the March forum, on March 20th 2014, the Landlord Forum will now be held at East Precinct's community room. East Precinct is located at 737 SE 106th Avenue, just south of SE Washington. East Precinct has free parking at the East Portland Community Center lot across the street, as well as on-street parking, and is conveniently located off of I-205's Stark/Washington exit.
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau has scheduled four community meetings to discuss the ongoing police investigation into hundreds of vehicle vandalism occurring in Southeast and Northeast Portland.
The meetings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Southeast Uplift, Fireside Room
3534 Southeast Main Street
Thursday, November 14, 2013
3017 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue
Grant Park/Rose City Park/Beaumont-Wilshire/Hollywood Neighborhoods
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Grant Park Church
2728 Northeast 34th Avenue
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Alameda School, Cafeteria
2732 Northeast Fremont Street
Members of the Police Bureau and ONI’s Crime Prevention Coordinators will discuss what is happening with the investigation, what community members can do to protect their property, and how to report incidents.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is continuing to ask for the public's help in solving hundreds of incidents of vehicular vandalism
Since late May 2013, the Portland Police Bureau has received hundreds of reports of vehicle vandalisms in several Portland neighborhoods. The Alameda, Irvington, Rose City, and Grant Park neighborhoods in Northeast Portland have received the bulk of the vandalisms but reports also indicate that the crime has spread into Southeast Portland's Brooklyn, Laurelhurst, Hosford-Abernethy, Richmond, Sunnyside, Sellwood-Moreland, and Kerns neighborhoods.
The vandal or vandals appear to be primarily targeting SUV's (both large and small crossover-style), trucks and vans parked in the street and are puncturing a tire. Some victims have been hit multiple times. Additionally, the vandal or vandals have targeted convertible tops and motorcycle seats. Investigators have not yet been able to determine if all of these cases are related.
The Crime Analysis Unit has found more than 500 reports have been filed and, on average, 20-25 new reports are filed each week. The cost estimate to victims of this damage is estimated at more than $300,000 and perhaps as high as $500,000. Reports indicate that the damage is generally occurring during nighttime hours, every day of the week.
At this point there is no suspect information and most victims are discovering the damage in the morning, well after the crime occurred.
The Portland Police Bureau has an active investigation into these incidents and has assigned a detective to lead the investigation. Patrol officers from all three precincts are keeping an eye out for suspicious activity consistent with vehicle vandalism.
If you suspicious activity consistent with these reports, please immediately call 9-1-1.
Victims discovering damage to vehicles are asked to file reports by calling the non-emergency number at (503) 823-3333.
The Portland Police Bureau and Crime Prevention want to help you and catch the person(s) responsible for these crimes.
We offer the following suggestions and tips:
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.
Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.
Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.
For more information about vehicle and home safety and security, contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator. Call (503) 823-4064 to locate your coordinator or visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp to learn more about Crime Prevention.
A restaurant owner was willing to share the details of a recent utility scam:
A man called a restaurant on SE Hawthorne and told the manager who answered the phone that their power bill was unpaid and the electricity would be cut off in 20 minutes unless payment was rendered immediately. Aware that this was a scam, the owner called back the scammer whose number presented a 503 area code on caller ID. The owner called that number and a man with a thick accent answered. He told the scammer that he was very concerned and didn't want the power cut off. The scammer then asked for the name of the restaurant as well as the last four digits of the restaurant's phone number. Then he spent a few seconds typing and said, "You have not paid your bill, you must pay $1496.42 in the next 20 minutes or your electricity will be cut off. No checks, no credit cards, it must be cash." The owner noticed at this time that the background noise sounded like a call center, with multiple voices speaking. The owner asked how to get him the money. The scammer instructed him to go to a CVS or Rite Aid and purchase a Green Dot Money Pak Card within the next 10 minutes. After the purchase, the owner was supposed to scratch off the back of the card and phone him with the 14 digit serial number. Ten minutes later he called the owner and asked, " Did you purchase the card?" The owner revealed that he was aware that this was a scam and hung up.
Here's what the Federal Trade Commission recommends:
Scammers can use computers to make it look like they’re calling from one place – when, in fact, they’re someplace else. If you get a call, email, text, or even a visit from someone telling you to make a payment via PayPal, or to buy a GreenDot card or a gift card, it’s probably a scam. Call your utility company on the phone number that appears on your bill, describe what happened, and report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission, online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP.
What: Tire punctures to vehicles parked on the street
When: Late night/early morning hours approximately 10pm - 6am
Where: Southeast and Northeast Portland from the River to 72nd Avenue (There may be other areas, but this is what has been reported to the police.)
How: Punctures are made through the sidewall of the tire
Portland Police and Crime Prevention coordinators have received numerous reports of tire punctures across the City, but especially in inner SE and NE neighborhoods. Frequently, the punctures are on the tires facing the street. The vehicles are generally parked in residential areas. The owner may notice that the tire is “low on air”, but shortly after driving away, the tire quickly deflates. This malicious vandalism is costly to the victims. Some neighbors have had multiple tires punctured. The Portland Police Bureau and Crime Stoppers released detailed information about the vandalism and the reward.
What to do to avoid malicious tire punctures happening to you:
Use the power of observation
Let’s look out for one another. If you 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 neighbors 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 crimes in progress and 503-823-333 for suspicious activity. If your car's tires are maliciously punctured, please report it to the police. Use your smart phone, computer, laptop, tablet or other electronic device to make an online report at http://portlandoregon.gov/police/cor.
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.
National Night Out is August 6th
Portlanders are encouraged to celebrate the 30th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, by hosting a party, gathering, or get-together to connect or reconnect with neighbors. Party registration is now open at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno.
National Night Out promotes crime and drug prevention in neighborhoods the first Tuesday in August every year, for the last 30 years. When neighbors gather and know one another it sends a message to criminals that the neighborhood is strong, organized, and people care what happens.
“It’s a marvelous and fun way to get neighbors in an area out to meet one another, especially when you have new families on your street,” says Dave Hillman, a National Night Out party host in the Mt.Taborneighborhood and the founder of a Community Foot Patrol. “It’s also a great way to meet and interact with neighborhood police officers and firefighters.”
Knowing who lives around you, and being in tune with your neighborhood, is an important step in safety and crime prevention. Who can you turn to if a drug house is noticed on a street, if snow shut down the city, or if there is an emergency in your home? In these situations it’s important that people can rely on their neighbors.
“Criminals want to be anonymous, to go unnoticed,” says Stephanie Reynolds, Crime Prevention Program Manager. “When neighbors look out for one another and pay attention to what is happening on their street and report crime, it goes a long way towards creating a safe neighborhood.”
“I encourage people to participate in the events happening around Portlandon August 6th,” says Police Chief Mike Reese. “National Night Out is a great way to build community, and an important opportunity to show you care about your neighborhood.”
Last year National Night Out involved 37 million people across theUnited States,Canadaand military bases around the world, with 158 parties here inPortland. Portland’s National Night Out is coordinated by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program in partnership with neighborhood district coalition offices, the Police Bureau, Fire and Rescue, Emergency Management, Parks and Recreation, Development Services, Bureau of Transportation, and many others.
Be part of this national event, have some fun with your neighbors, and create a safer community – participate in National Night Out on August 6th! Parties can be registered until July 23 at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno or by calling 503-823-4064. More information can also be found online.