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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204
These dedicated neighbors report issues, connect with neighbors and businesses and pick up trash on weekly walks
The Friends of the Pearl Community Foot Patrol met at Jamison Square Park, walked through the Pearl and checked on several areas by the Amtrak station for drug paraphernalia and trash. Foot Patrol teams have the flexibility to remove graffiti and pick up trash if they choose to do so. Members continued to the beautiful walkways along the Waterfront Pearl community and ended at the Fields Neighborhood Park. While concluding their walk, a couple walking their dogs asked them for assistance after being threatened by an unknown individual at the dog park enclosure. The dog walkers felt reassured by the presence of the members while they waited for the police and were happy to learn about this community group keeping an eye on the Pearl area.
This Foot Patrol holds multiple hour-long walks throughout the Pearl at different times each week. A completely non-confrontational group, they meet new neighbors and frequently check in with local businesses handing out resources and ensuring staff feel safe.
The Friends of the Pearl Foot Patrol is always looking for new members. Anyone interested may contact Mark Wells with the City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program at: email@example.com or 503-823-2781.
Neighbors in Madison South work together to make their neighborhood safer
The following video is truly inspiring. Neighbors in Madison South (Portland) decided to build community and “reclaim” their neighborhood space. All of their efforts united them to work together and keep the area safe. Their neighborhood projects and community building efforts include:
• Community Garden
• Street Mural
• Neighborhood Watch and Foot Patrol group
• Emergency Preparedness
Quoting one of the neighbors Erin, residents wanted to create “places where people want to gather and be together, so there’s no room for anything negative to be happening in those spaces”. This is a one of the principles in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) called activity support where residents organize and encourage positive, pro-social activities on a property to increase a sense of community and ownership of the shared space.
We are always up for helping people get Neighborhood Watches going and can provide some ideas about connecting your neighbors. Please see our website for more information at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp
Neighbors step up to improve the safety of their neighborhood
Portland neighbors stepped up in 2015 and organized over 50+ Neighborhood Watches! These neighbors are now more connected and knowledgeable about crime prevention and how to respond if they see criminal activity. When neighbors get to know one another, they become more protective of what happens in their shared space and can more readily identify suspicious activity and report it. On most streets in Portland, the police will never be as familiar with your neighborhood as you or your neighbors.
We always encourage neighbors to call us to start a group as a proactive measure. The reality is that most neighbors contact us after learning about a car prowl, burglary or other crime that happened in their neighborhood.
If you want to organize a Neighborhood Watch in your Portland neighborhood, visit us at the following webpage for more info: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/26674
What to do about door to door solicitors
It’s not against the law to sell door-to-door. Sales people are not required by Multnomah County to apply for a permit or carry identification. However, there are certain behaviors or signs that cause residents to be concerned:
Tips for dealing with solicitors:
Call 9-1-1 for immediate threats to life or property and crimes in progress. Otherwise contact the police non-emergency number at 503-823-3333 to report suspicious activity. When in doubt, you can start with 9-1-1.
Make it look like someone's home to prevent burglary
Many of us are rushing out the door when the time comes for our vacation. Before leaving, it’s important to create an appearance that someone is home and have your neighbors, family or friends help you out to reduce the risk of burglary. Burglars target homes that appear to be unoccupied. Below are some tips to mitigate vulnerability:
When you return from your trip, return the favor and watch out for your neighbors while they are out.