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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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Business Burglary Prevention


Has your business temporarily closed? Officers are doing extra patrols, but we need you to ensure your business is secure. Please review these important burglary prevention tips:

  • Make sure doors and door frames are of adequate construction, commercial grade locks are installed, functioning properly and have edge guards to prevent prying.
  • Exposed hinges require non-removable pins.
  • Sidewalk openings and their frames should be secured and properly locked.
  • Protect accessible windows with locks, security films, grilles or bars if possible.
  • Climbing aids, such as ladders, should be locked up or removed.
  • Test your alarm with your provider and update emergency contact lists.
  • Make sure all cameras are functioning, are well-positioned and views are unobstructed.
  • Change the combination of any safes, especially if employees have moved on.
  • Roof openings (skylights, ventilators) should be secured and alarmed.
  • Cash registers, money bags, phones and any small electronics should be removed from public view.
  • Now is a good time to take inventory of your business' physical assets and store this information offsite. Photos and/or serial numbers if appropriate are also useful.


Please read a letter from Chief Jami Resch to the business community.