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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

ONI 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 Coordinator to arrange your Business Watch training or email for more help or questions.

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

If you are starting a new Business Watch, join an existing Business Watch or just want to receive more info on Business Watch's, attend one of our Monthly Business Watch Group Trainings hosted by Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Mark Wells. Meetings for 2018 Begin February 28th, 2018. PDF Download of Training schedule:  Business Watch Training Schedule


Business Watch Monthly Training Schedule

Monthly Training Schedule For new Business Watchs, new members of existing Business Watches, and information

Business Watch Manual

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