1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
November 28, 2006 00:00
On Wednesday, November 29, 2006, at 9:00 am, in the 1100 block of Southwest 4th Avenue, Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer, Mayor Tom Potter, City Commissioner Sam Adams, the Portland Department of Transportation (PDOT), City of Portland Parking Enforcement Division, Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), and Portland Patrol Incorporated (PPI) will begin a joint effort to reduce car prowls in the Portland Metropolitan Area. This effort, paid for and sponsored by State Farm Insurance, is a continuation of a pilot program started in 2002. Since the program began, participating neighborhoods have seen car prowls reduced by more than 50%.
This year’s campaign includes the placement of signs on more than 1200 parking meter stations that remind residents to remove valuables from their cars. In addition to the signs, more than 20,000 flyers will be placed on cars in Downtown Portland. Aspects of this education campaign will be replicated throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area.
This continuing education campaign is designed to bring sustained reduction to a crime that can be substantially reduced by simply removing valuables from vehicles. Chief Sizer, Mayor Potter, and Commissioner Adams agree that with residents becoming proactive partners in prevention efforts, people will avoid becoming victims this holiday season.
The City of Portland also commends State Farm Insurance for their support of this program which has a proven record of reducing crime and the fear of crime. Without their donation of $25,000, the Police Bureau would not be able to implement this education and prevention campaign in Downtown Portland.
Sgt. Pete Simpson