Crime Prevention & Education
Stranger danger describes the danger to children presented by strangers. The phrase is intended to sum up the danger associated with adults whom children do not know. The phrase has found widespread usage and many children will hear it (or similar advice) during their childhood lives. Many books, films and public service announcements have been devoted to helping children remember this advice. The concept has been criticized for ignoring the fact that most child abductions and harm are not due to strangers, but rather someone the child is familiar with or related to.
Our Business Watch Program is aimed at reducing criminal Activity that impacts Scappoose Businesses. We believe that it is imperative that businesses become more aware of the potential crime to happen at any time. When businesses work together with the police, we are more likely to apprehend a suspect. There are several reasons to join business watch; getting to know your business neighbors, gaining useful information about crime and prevention, benefit from police and city resources and optimize your communications with the police department. Get to know your business neighbors. There is a social component to Business Watch. The better you know the people who work in your neighboring businesses, the more likely you--and they-- are to look out for each other.
Never risk personal harm to stop a criminal. Instead, learn to be a good witness. This requires a plan. Take note of unique or unusual characteristics such a scars, tattoos, bad or missing teeth, speech mannerisms, visible injuries, or odd clothing. Note the direction the person goes and get a license plate number if possible.
If the situation is occurring at the moment but is not an emergency or if it is something that occurred while your business was closed, please call our non-emergency dispatch number 503.397.1521.