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Want to learn more about the ESP program?

The Enhanced Safety Properties (ESP) Program is designed to encourage and support landlords and property managers to take measures to keep their properties safe and livable. ESP properties see a dramatic decrease in crime. Residents feel safer and more secure, and property managers report a decrease in problem activities on the property. Originally piloted in North Portland with great success, ESP is now operational city-wide with over ten thousand households involved.

The program has three certification components. Property owners and their managers certified in all three components may lease and display the ESP signs and use the ESP logo in their advertising, and receive notification when police activity occurs on the property. Completion of the three components is usually done within 12 months.

The three components of certification are:

1. Landlord Training Component: All people involved in the day-to-day management of a property must complete the free, day-long Landlord Training Program offered by the City of Portland. This program has been proven to be effective in educating landlords and property managers in techniques to keep criminal activity off their property.

2. CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) Component: ESP requires participants to meet minimum management and CPTED standards. Employees are screened for criminal history as are rental applicants who will also have their credit and rental history checked. Landlords must use a lease addendum addressing criminal activity, and sign a trespass agreement with the Portland Police Bureau. CPTED standards include proper lighting, landscaping, locks, door and window security devices as specified in the participation agreement.

3. Resident Crime Prevention Training Component: Landlords work with Crime Prevention staff to ensure that crime prevention strategies are shared with their tenants. The residents benefit from learning how to recognize and report crime, reducing their risk of becoming crime victims.


To find out more about the Enhanced Safety Properties Program contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Read a handout about Enhanced Safety Properties

Learn the basics about the ESP Program

Attend the City's free Landlord Training

Attendance is required for certification in ESP

Read the Landlord Training manual

Helpful advice for all landlords, whether involved in ESP or not

See the form Crime Prevention Coordinators use to assess properties for CPTED

Staff members assess the property for crime resistant qualities and management practices

Contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator to start an ESP

Your Crime Prevention Coordinator can answer questions you have about certification