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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

ONI Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch Program

The Neighborhood Watch Program increases safety and security in neighborhoods by involving as many households as possible in a united crime prevention effort. This program teaches community members to:
  • Communicate regularly using tools specific to Neighborhood Watch;
  • Recognize and report suspicious activity;
  • Increase home and vehicle security;
  • Increase personal safety of residents; and
  • Make neighborhoods less attractive to criminals. 
Neighbors interested in organizing a Neighborhood or Apartment Watch should contact Mark Wells, Crime Prevention Coordinator, at  or 503-823-2781 and read our brochure on Establishing Your Neighborhood Watch.

Business Watch
In a business district or a large office building where other topics such as shoplifting and robbery prevention, dealing with difficult people, workplace violence prevention and money handling security may be a concern, a Business Watch may be needed. Business Watch participants often develop a communication system through a fax or e-mail network to share information about potential problems and keep in touch with other local businesses.

Businesses interested in organizing a Business Watch should contact Mark Wells, Crime Prevention Coordinator, at or 503-823-2781.
To read our Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch manuals, along with our other handouts, visit our handout page.