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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

What you can do about vehicle vandalism

There was a report of a vehicle being tagged (painted) in East Portland while it was still light out. The most effective ways to deter vehicle vandalism are to prevent access to the car or to park in a location where activities can be readily observed.

Some options that help prevent vehicle vandalism from happening to you:

  • Park your vehicle off the street and in a garage if possible.
  • Park your vehicle in a carport or the driveway.
  • If you park it on the street, choose a location that is visible from your home and to your neighbors. You may need to prune vegetation or make other alterations to improve visibility.
  • Enhance your exterior lighting by: leaving porch lights on when it is dark, adding motion sensor lighting to the garage and/or adding pathway or sidewalk solar lighting in the front of your home.

Use the power of observation

Let’s look out for one another. When you hear something outside or are up early or late, take the time to look out your window onto the street. If you wake up in the middle of the night and get up, walk to the window and look at vehicles parked in front of your or neighbor’s property.

Report, Report, Report

If you see someone hanging out by or close to your or your neighbors’ car and you do not recognize the individual(s), call the police. Report all crime and suspicious activity immediately; call 9-1-1 for immediate threats to property and crimes in progress and 503-823-3333 for suspicious activity. If your car is vandalized, please report it to the police. Use your smart phone, computer, laptop, tablet or other electronic device to make an online report at

For more information about vehicle and home safety and security, contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator. Call 503-823-4064 or 503-823-4000 to locate the coordinator for your neighborhood or area.