Community Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Ongoing Vehicle Vandalism Investigation

November 08, 2013 20:03

  

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:

Sunnyside/Buckman/Kerns/Laurelhurst/Hosford-Abernethy/Richmond Neighborhoods
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Southeast Uplift, Fireside Room
3534 Southeast Main Street

Brooklyn/Sellwood-Moreland/Neighborhoods
Thursday, November 14, 2013
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Aladdin Theater
3017 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue

Grant Park/Rose City Park/Beaumont-Wilshire/Hollywood Neighborhoods
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Grant Park Church
2728 Northeast 34th Avenue

Alameda/Irvington/Sabin Neighborhoods
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
6:30-8:00 p.m.
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:

* Park your vehicle off the street and in a garage, if possible.
* Enhance your exterior lighting: leave porch lights on at night, add motion sensor lighting to the garage and add pathway or sidewalk solar lighting. Prune trees or bushes that obstruct light.
* If you have exterior video cameras, turn them toward the street to capture activity and people near vehicles parked on the street.

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.

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