1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
November 17, 2005 00:00
On Friday, November 18, 2005, at 1:00 p.m., at the City Hall Council Chambers, Police Bureau representatives will join forces with citizen volunteers, Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), Portland Business Alliance (PBA), Portland Patrol Incorporated (PPI), and Downtown Business Owners (DBO) to begin an education campaign to reduce car prowls in the Portland Metropolitan Area. After meeting in the Council Chambers, the volunteers will spread out throughout Downtown area distributing educational flyers. The effort began in 2001, when Neighborhood Response Team officers started a similar campaign in the Goose Hollow neighborhood. That effort led to a significant reduction of car prowls in the target area.
The same education campaign will now be expanded throughout the Downtown area with the goal of giving citizens the tools needed to help them reduce their chance of becoming a crime victim. Year to date, Central Precinct has had approximately 7 reported car prowls each day; however, crime analysts estimate that only 40% of car prowls are currently reported to the police.
The campaign includes the use of vehicle surveys, the distribution of educational flyers, and the installation of crime prevention signs in all Smart Park garages and parking meter stations throughout Downtown Portland.
Sgt. Pete Simpson