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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

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

Business Watch

Business Watch is a program designed to increase commercial viability and residential livability by reducing crime and the fear of crime and promoting positive communication and relationships within an area. The program partners with businesses to maintain a safe and crime-free atmosphere by using communication and crime prevention tools.

The Business Watch program treats businesses in a specific geographic area as a small city or neighborhood. As in any neighborhood, residential or commercial, it is important for “neighbors” to know each other, have mechanisms for sharing information, and understand basic crime prevention and reporting techniques. This is accomplished by creating communication networks and improving observation and crime reporting skills.


  • Neighborhood Business Watch: A group of businesses in close geographic proximity that work together to observe and report crime, and communicate with each other, police, and crime prevention.
  • Building Watch: A program is designed to increase security in commercial buildings and to foster a safer, crime-free atmosphere for the tenants of office buildings and their employees.


Businesses interested in organizing a Business Watch should read our manual on Business Watch "A guide for crime prevention practitioners and volunteers", and contact your Crime Prevention Team to arrange your Business Watch training or call 503.823.4064 for more help or questions.

To read our  Business Watch manuals, along with our other handouts, visit our handout page.


Business Watch Training Packet

If you want to start a Business Watch, check out our training packet to see some of the things that will be covered in the formal training. Printed packets will be provided at the training.

Business Watch Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Business Watch Organizer. You will be contacted soon by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program Coordinator for your area.

Business Watch Manual

Learn more about how to start a Business Watch by reviewing our Business Watch Manual