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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

2014- "Neighborhood Eyes"

Concerned about an attempted burglary on her street, Nan Steinebach decided it was time to organize a Neighborhood Watch.  Nan rallied more than twenty households to attend the inaugural Neighborhood Watch training on April 29th, 2013.  The neighbors decided to call their group Neighborhood Eyes.  A few months later, a Watch member sent out their first email alert to the group contact list regarding a car prowl on the street.  The email alerts and discussions continued throughout the year, and neighbors kept each other updated about activity on the street.  Relationships among neighbors were further strengthened that summer as members organized the blocks’ first ever National Night Out party.

This May, members of Neighborhood Eyes utilized their email network to coordinate an effort to stop squatters from taking over a vacant house on their block.  One neighbor engaged the squatters and gathered information, another reported the activity to NRT Officers Jason Lemons and John Edwards, while another found and contacted the bank who held title to the property.  From then on, members of Neighborhood Eyes called 9-11 and the NRT officers every time they noticed people trying to break into the house

Neighborhood Eyes have created a Neighborhood Watch culture in their community.  They consistently report suspicious activity to the police, utilize their email chain to discuss neighborhood concerns, and most importantly, they look out for each other and for their street as a whole.  Neighborhood Eyes embodies the spirit and letter of the Neighborhood Watch program and we are pleased to honor them with this award.