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CRIME PREVENTION

As with any city, Happy Valley is not immune to crime. Even the toughest safeguards and preventative measures can be thwarted by someone with criminal intent, especially as technology and strategies on the part of those who commit crimes evolves. With this said, there are still many things you can do to help keep yourself, your family, and property out of harm’s way. Read on for helpful tips to consider and learn more about what Happy Valley Police are doing in our community to curb crime.

Crime Prevention

By actively participating in efforts to safeguard homes, vehicles, and possessions, residents play a crucial role in maintaining the overall safety of the community. Vigilant practices such as securing doors and windows, investing in home security measures, and reporting suspicious activities contribute significantly to reducing the incidence of theft. Ultimately, a united front against theft not only protects individual households but also fosters a sense of collective security, making the entire city a less attractive target for criminals and enhancing the overall quality of life for everyone. Learn how you can help keep thieves at bay at our designated theft prevention webpage.

Telephone scams pose a significant threat to the security of our community, and residents must remain vigilant to protect themselves. Any request for sensitive information, such as social security numbers or a demand for payment over the phone, should raise an immediate red flag, indicating that the caller may not be a genuine representative of the entity they claim to be. Our deputies and any other member of the Happy Valley Public Safety Team will never ask for this type of information over the phone. To safeguard against these scams, it is imperative to never divulge personal or financial details to unsolicited callers.

Did you know our Happy Valley Public Safety Team can offer a complimentary patrol of your home or local business while you are out of town? For residents and local business owners who may need to be away for an extended period of time, applying for this service may be a helpful option. Learn more and complete a Vacation Check request online.

Expired or unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can result in accidental poisonings or overdoses. Improper disposal of medications, either by flushing them away or throwing them in the garbage, can also present a threat to our water supplies. To help reduce the likelihood of prescription medications getting into the wrong hands, our Public Safety Team houses a year-round permanent drop box at the Community Policing Center and partners with the City and Youth Council at specific turn in events. Learn more about this no questions asked resource.

Graffiti not only defaces public and private property, but it can also contribute to a sense of disorder and decay. Reporting incidents of vandalism to local law enforcement is instrumental in maintaining a clean and inviting environment, discouraging potential vandals, and swiftly addressing any emerging patterns of criminal activity. Swift removal of graffiti also sends a clear message that our community takes pride in its appearance and will not tolerate destructive behavior.

Residents play a vital role in preventing graffiti and vandalism by taking proactive measures to protect their property and public spaces. Simple steps, such as installing adequate outdoor lighting, maintaining visibility through well-trimmed vegetation, and utilizing security cameras, can act as deterrents. Additionally, fostering a sense of community pride and engagement can discourage acts of vandalism, as a community that collectively cares for its surroundings is less likely to tolerate destructive behavior. By promptly reporting incidents and working together to implement preventative measures, residents contribute to a safer and more vibrant community for everyone to enjoy. To report vandalism or graffiti on private property, please call the non-emergency line at 503-655-8211 or 9-1-1 if you see the crime in progress.

Special note: If you notice an instance of vandalism or graffiti on public property in Happy Valley, please report it. You can do so on our Report a Concern page online. The City’s graffiti abatement protocol includes prompt investigation and removal of any writing within hours.

Always call 9-1-1 if there is immediate life-threatening activity or a crime in progress. Call non-emergency dispatch at 503-655-8211 for all other safety reporting.