More NNO 2012 pictures

Peninsula Park: Music

Peninsula Park: Sgt. Mark Friedman with community member

Peninsula Park: Petting Zoo

Peninsula Park: North Precinct Commander Leloff with Community Members

Piñata at Sequoia Square

Wauna Vista NW: 911-Snake!

Wauna Vista NW: Lt. Gorgone and David Hardesty

Wauna Vista NW Leader Mike Walker

Wauna Vista neighbors

Wauna Vista: Schmautz and Silverman

Wauna Vista: Yikes!

Pictures from our National Night Out 2012 Kickoff Party

Our National Night Out 2012 Kick Off Party and Crime Prevention Volunteer Celebration was a huge success!

Check out some pictures of our Commissioner, our Chief, and the great volunteers and staff who work every day to improve safety and livability throughout Portland.Commissioner Fritz, Sam Freeman, Tammi Hawkins, and Chief Reese

Angela Wagnon, Home Forward and Cascade Management staff and Chief Reese

Officer Strobel and Cascade Management staff

Program Manager Stephanie Reynolds and Commissioner Amanda Fritz


Celeste Carey (Vroom!)

Stephanie Reynolds and outgoing Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Wells

Mark Wells, Karen Traughber, Commissioner Fritz, Keturah Pennington, Chief Reese

Lieutenant Steinbronn

Crime Prevention Award Winners To Be Announced At National Night Out Kickoff Party

National Night Out is celebrated across the United States, Canada, and military bases. The focus of the event is on building community, strengthening the police community relationship, and reducing crime and drug in neighborhoods by encouraging neighbors to get to know one another.

In Portland, there will be 158 parties happening between August 3rd and August 12th, with most happening on August 7th, which is National Night Out.  Portlanders can find a party in their area at

The Crime Prevention, Graffiti Abatement, and Liquor Licensing Programs will be giving away their annual awards at the July 31st National Night Out kickoff party. Seven awards will be given to some wonderful people who are active in the Portland community.  These include:
  • Jan Weston, who has reinvigorated Neighborhood Watch in his Southwest Portland neighborhood;
  • Tammi Hawkins, who got the Mid-County Foot Patrol up and running; 
  • Brett Kelver, who vigilantly documents and removes graffiti from the Springwater Corridor;
  • Wendy Rahm, who led an impressive advocacy effort for an Alcohol Impact Area through the Portland City Council process;
  • Mitch McKee, a City of Portland housing and nuisance inspector who is resolving tough cases of abandoned and foreclosed nuisance properties, one by one;
  • Natasha Morris and Tracy Alioth, property managers of St. Johns Woods, who worked with police officers to provide structure and motivation for positive behavior among children living at their complex; 
  • Karen Traughber, who has started both Neighborhood Watches and a very active Foot Patrol in West Hayden Island, recruiting and training dozens of her neighbors.

Come join us at 4747 E Burnside to celebrate these amazing award winners!

Burglary Prevention Tips

Most burglars do not target homes that they know are occupied. They do not want to be caught. That is why a significant number of residential burglaries happen during the day when residents are gone to work or school. Burglars look for signs of occupancy to determine if someone is home. They may even knock on a door to check.

One of the best strategies that you can use to prevent burglaries is to create an appearance of occupancy. Whether you are at work, school, the store, or on vacation, showing signs of occupancy can be a deterrent.

When you are out for a few hours or the work day, you can do the following:

  • Leave lights on in key locations that are observable from the street (if you can put them on timers, even better) 
  • Leave on a radio, television, or something audible so people standing outside of your door can hear 
  • Do not leave notes affixed to your door stating that you are gone and will be back at a certain time. 
  • Do not arrange for deliveries to your home if you are not there. This indicates that you are not home and makes it easy for someone walking by to steal your package.

If you are on vacation, use the following tips to safeguard against burglary:

  • Control who knows about your travel plans.
  • Don’t announce your vacation on Facebook, Twitter, your voicemail, or other social media-post the pictures and the details after you return
  • Hold your mail  
  • Stop the delivery of newspapers 
  • Place indoor and outdoor lights on automatic timers 
  • Place television and radio on automatic timers
  • Make sure that packages are not sent while you are gone or have a neighbor pick them up or arrange for them to be signed for
  • Maintain landscaping where necessary through a landscaping company or neighbor
  • Consider depositing expensive items such as jewelry in safe deposit box 
  • If you are able to do so, hire a house sitter after screening and checking references

Neighbors can help you while you are on vacation. A sign that you are gone is not having your trash set out by the curb.  Let trusted neighbors know that you will be gone and what help you need while you are out. Also let them know what to expect during your trip. For example if you plan to have a visitor or a house sitter at your house, let them know.

  • Provide your cell phone or phone number to a trusted neighbor so that they can reach while you are gone
  • Have neighbors remove circulars or advertisements placed on your door 
  • Arrange for a neighbor to put your garbage out on trash day 
  • Ask a friend, neighbor, or relative to park in your driveway or move your car every so often to make it appear that someone is home 
  • Arrange for a neighbor to visit your house occasionally 

Have your neighbors watch out for your home and call the police if someone is there who shouldn’t be. Consider informing your Neighborhood Watch members about your plans. 

Since most burglars tend to target unoccupied homes, creating an appearance of occupancy can help lower your risk of becoming a target.

Tips for Safe Travel

Travel can be an exciting adventure. It can also be a safer journey with a little planning and foresight. Below are some ideas to think about before your visit. If you are traveling abroad, do your research.

It is also important to research if political conditions or other factors may make it an unsafe location to visit at this time. In addition, becoming aware of local customs and laws that differ from the U.S. may save you a lot of headaches in the long run. The US Department of State has a wealth of information on its website. It’s best to travel only to those countries that have a U.S. consular office so that there is an agency to assist in the event of an emergency.

Some tips for travelling abroad:

  • Make two sets of copies of your passport, itinerary, airline tickets, drivers license and credit cards-leave one set with family or friends, and bring the other one with you, storing them separately from the originals
  • While you are out of the hotel, store them in a secure safe
  • Carry a letter from a physician noting your prescriptions and medical condition
  • Check with the consular office to ensure that the medications you are taking are not illegal in that country
  • Familiarize yourself with the local customs and laws of the country you are visiting. 
  • If you arrested, don’t sign anything and contact the consular office.

General tips for all travel:

  • When out in public, be alert to your environment-a lot of scams happen by distracting the victim before pick pocketing or other crime occur
  • Be less of a target by limiting the valuables that you bring with you on the trip- this includes leaving unneeded credit cards, expensive jewelry, social security cards or other cards at home
  • While in public, do not bring an excessive amount of cash with you
  • Dress inconspicuously with minimal jewelry
  • Do not leave your luggage unattended at the airport or hotel lobby
  • If you check baggage into hotel storage, ask for a receipt
  • Don’t leave valuables in your hotel room-use the hotel safe, and get a receipt for what you leave there
  • When you are in your room, lock the door, use the chain lock, and use your door peephole to identify people who knock at your door
  • Use a high quality traveler’s door lock or a wedge
  • If you are not expecting a visitor, you can contact the front desk to verify that the individuals at the door are hotel staff
  • Leave the Do Not Disturb sign on your door so that the rooms appears occupied when you leave
  • Carry your wallet in a pocket inside a jacket or a front pocket
  • Carry a purse close to the body, and make sure to place it in your lap at a restaurant, not over the back of your chair
  • Only use the services of reputable taxi companies

Use street smarts and plan ahead to make your vacation safer one.

Prevent the Theft of Your Mobile Devices

According to Pew Research, nearly half of American adults are smartphone owners. Millions more own other mobile devices. Our contacts, calendars, and valuable information are stored on them. As usage increases, we are seeing an increase in thefts of these devices. Some ideas for preventing theft:

Pay attention to your surroundings when you are out in public. It’s easy to get distracted with mobile devices. Remaining alert can help you identify suspicious activity and react accordingly.

Follow your instincts and don’t use your device in an environment that doesn’t feel safe. Hold off on taking it out or using it until you are in a more appropriate location.

If you are listening to an iPod, slip it into your pocket once you have selected a song or play list. If you are not using your phone, put it away in a secure place. Don’t become a victim of pick pocketers by letting it hang out of your back pocket or purse pocket.

Set a password on all of your mobile phones to secure access to your personal information.

Talk to your kids about these tips, as they may be distracted using their smartphone and other electronics while in public.

Look into downloading a remote erase app, which will allow you to wipe data off your phone if it’s stolen or misplaced. Phones with this capability will also allow you to track the GPS on your phone.

Back up important information and photos just in case.

If you you have just been a victim of a crime or see a theft or crime in progress, dial 9-1-1. To report a crime that has already occurred and the suspect is long gone, you can call and report it to the police by dialing the non-emergency number at 503-823-3333. In some cases, you can report stolen property online at to the Portland Police. Be sure to read the criteria for reporting before you use the online form. If a mobile phone has been stolen, contact the phone service carrier to suspend the service, as well. Some carriers also offer insurance that will help replace the device if you sign up for it in advance.

Mobile devices are a part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, they are vulnerable to being lost or stolen. Employing some crime prevention strategies can make a difference.