On Monday, members of a newly-formed Neighborhood Watch in the Hazelwood neighborhood met with local media to hang their first Watch sign. In late February, neighbors from twelve households gathered at Block Organizers Sally and Evan Bowman’s residence for a Neighborhood Watch meeting and training led by Mark Wells, who organizes the Neighborhood Watch and Foot Patrol programs for the City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program.
Their block has been adversely impacted by ongoing criminal activity at two vacant houses on their street, resulting in numerous calls to the police. Many of these Watch residents have lived on this block for decades and were beginning to feel unsafe walking around their blocks and Lincoln Park, especially at night.
Robin Spencer, chair of the East Portland Community Against Crime (EPCAC), and her husband personally donated the funds for two new signs for this group. One of EPCAC’s many goals is to help establish new Neighborhood Watch groups throughout East Portland. Because of their partnership, this block has two new signs to show that they are trained, organized, and highly motivated to keep their block and surrounding neighborhood safe.
David Ashton from the East Portland News attended the first Watch sign hanging event and it was fun to hear his interviews with the reinvigorated neighbors about their positive experience joining and participating in the Neighborhood Watch program.
For information or questions on how to start or re-start a Neighborhood Watch on your block please contact:
City of Portland Crime Prevention
East Portland Community Against Crime is a recently-formed sub-committee of the East Portland Action Plan, http://eastportlandactionplan.org.