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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

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Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

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

Holiday Car Prowl Prevention

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As we enter the holiday season, we will see an increase in car prowls around shopping malls and business districts. Please lock your vehicle and park in a well-lit, well-traveled area. Keep your vehicle show-room clean with nothing in it. Thieves not only break into cars for valuables, but also what they perceive to be valuable. Storing gifts in your vehicle in plain view will make your property more vulnerable to this kind of theft.  Offenders often case parking lots and watch shoppers go to their cars and drop off their purchases. If you must store packages in your car, place them in your trunk and then move your car to another area. 

This holiday season, be mindful of where you park your vehicle and implement car prowl prevention strategies. Happy holidays!

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