Police Encourage More Online Crime Reporting


The Portland Police Bureau has expanded the types of crimes for which it encourages citizens to file their own reports online. In a recent press release, the bureau announced it was adding shoplifting—including quickie-mart "beer runs"—and "suspicious activity" to the types of crimes that can be reported using an online crime reporting tool launched in early 2010.The company that markets the tool, ...   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Corey Pein

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Vandalism is on the rise in Metro cemeteries

Brainard Cemetery Vandalism

Nicodemus and Emilia Snow were Oregon Trail pioneers originally from Missouri. On Sept. 13, 90 years after Nicodemus was buried at Brainard Cemetery in Northeast Portland, the couple's headstone was hit with graffiti. When Rachel Fox, manager of the pioneer cemeteries program for Metro Parks and Environmental Services, found out, she was saddened but not surprised.      Three of ...   More
Thursday, October 6, 2011 by

Wikileaks Supporters Explore Line Between Activism and Vandalism?

Two banks on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland have been splattered with red paint, including the phrase "For Wikileaks," according to the do-it-yourself news site Demotix.com. A post dated Dec. 27 includes photos of splattered paint covering a Wells Fargo Bank ATM machine. The post also includes photos of a Bank of America branch, although the alleged "For Wikileaks" graffiti is not visible in ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

French Find a Wrench in their Spokes

Remember when then-Commissioner Sam Adams and Portlanders were kicking around a rental bike idea. Well, before re-starting the discussion they might want to read this BBC story. Apparently, excelling at cynicism, cigarettes, and lovemaking wasn't enough for the French to keep public bicycles in Paris from the grasp of vandalism, theft, and general tomfoolery. More than half — 7,800 ...   More
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Sarah Jennings

Police Union Headquarters Vandalized

The Portland police union's headquarters has been vandalized for the second time this year, union leaders announced today in a news release. Windows on both the street-facing sides of the Portland Police Association building in Northwest Portland were broken overnight, the union says. Several windows were boarded up when we went by this afternoon to investigate. Vandals also hit the union ...   More
Thursday, June 24, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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