Damascus City-Wide Neighborhood Watch Informational Meeting

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 7 PM – Sunnyside Community Church

The City of Damascus, in conjunction with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, will host a city-wide meeting regarding the Neighborhood Watch program.

National Neighborhood Watch began in 1972 with funding in part by the National Sheriffs’ Association, through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Our nation is built on the strength of our citizens. Every day, we encounter situations calling upon us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Not only does neighborhood watch allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for communities to bond through service. The Neighborhood Watch Program draws upon the compassion of average citizens, asking them to lend their neighbors a hand. The National Neighborhood Watch Program (formerly USAonWatch) is the portal for training to assist law enforcement agencies and their communities, technical assistance, resource documents, watch stories, networking, and assistance to the field.

Since 1972, the National Neighborhood Watch Program (housed within the National Sheriffs’ Association) has worked to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a nation-wide effort to reduce crime and improve local communities. The success of the program has established Neighborhood Watch as the nation’s premier crime prevention and community mobilization program. Visible signs of the program are seen throughout America on street signs, window decals, community block parties and service projects.

The National Neighborhood Watch program empowers citizens to become active in community efforts through participation in Neighborhood Watch groups.

Officer Sara McClurg will be providing literature and information about this powerful way for Damascus and its citizens to protect ourselves and our neighbors.

Vandals and Thieves and Transients, Oh My!

Halloween is nearing, and as we think of costumes, decorations, and the arrival of Trick or Treaters at our doors, we also know that this time of year brings out vandals and thieves. Add that to the concern in Damascus over the increasing number of homeless people, and what should be a time of fun and laughter can end up with a bashed in mail box, a vehicle missing a battery or sound system, broken windows, finding a transient sleeping in your shed, or tipped over headstones at the Damascus Pioneer Cemetery.

Throughout October, the theme of our City of Damascus Coffee with the Council gatherings (on Friday the 4th, 11th, and 25th and Saturday the 19th at 1 PM at the meeting area by Starbucks in the Damascus Safeway) will be “Vandals and Thieves and Transients, Oh My!” We will be providing proactive tips on preventing vandalism to our homes and vehicles, information about theft prevention and recovery of stolen items, and assistance and guidance on safely dealing with homeless people in our neighborhoods.

In conjunction with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department, we will also be hosting a city-wide Neighborhood Watch informational meeting. Details are being worked out, and the time and location will be announced soon.

Do you have concerns you would like to raise? Do you have a safe activity planned and open to children in your neighborhood or throughout the city that we can promote? Do you have solutions to offer that will help others?

Please join us for one or more of the City of Damascus Coffee with the Council sessions in October. And don’t be surprised if we provide a few cookies to dunk into your coffee.