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The City of Portland, Oregon

Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Special Property Investigations

The City of Portland regulates pawnshops and certain aspects of dealers in secondhand property. The primary responsibility of the Special Property Investigations detail, is the recovery of stolen property that is found in Pawnshops and Secondhand stores in the City of Portland.  The Police Bureau uses a system called Rapid—a database in which officers enter serial numbers of stolen property.  Pawnshops and secondhand stores are required to enter the same information when purchasing property, along with the seller’s information and fingerprint. This tool is extremely helpful in locating stolen property.  It is also a reminder to mark your property with your driver’s license number (and state) and write down your serial numbers and put them in a safe place in case you are every victimized. 


HomeWatch is a secure site provided by law enforcement where you can store information about your personal property.