WHAT IS PROPERTY WATCH?
Property Watch is a program that the Astoria Police Department started in 2016 and is designed to assist owners of commercial properties, businesses, and apartment complexes curb unwanted activity that occurs after business hours or when the owner (or manager) cannot be contacted. Without authority granted by the person responsible for the property/business, the police are often not able to take action on non-criminal issues that occur on private property. Some examples would be non-residents/customers hanging out on property, skateboarding, non-customer vehicles in the parking lot, etc.
The Property Watch program allows the person responsible for the property to partner with the police and authorize the police to act in their behalf when they are not there. This program is based on similar successful programs used by Beaverton Police, Pendleton Police, and Salem Police.
The legal foundation is a signed agreement that provides the authority for the police to contact people that are on private property (that is a member of Property Watch) and ask them to leave the property. The goal is to have the police legally able to assist in helping keep your property safe when you are not there. There is no cost to you to be part of the program, it is renewed yearly, and you can withdraw from the program at any time.
WHAT THE POLICE WON’T DO?
If you sign up to be a member of the program, please be aware that Astoria Police Officers:
1. Will not provide legal advice to you.
2. Will not evict people for you, nor make that decision for you.
3. Will not tow cars off your private parking lot unless it’s related to a police investigation or incident.
4. Will not act in the capacity of a private security guard.
5. May not be able to fix or address all your concerns.
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
The Property Watch program is only for commercial properties and businesses in the City of Astoria. This program is not for single residential houses.
If your property or business is outside of the city limits of Astoria, then I encourage you to take this info to the law enforcement agency that serves you and see if they would be interested in partnering with you to start the program up.
Download the Property Watch Agreement
If you would like to sign up for Property Watch then read the agreement, fill out and sign the agreement, and return all pages to the Astoria Police Department. When your application is accepted you will be notified and provided a digital copy of the Exclusion Criteria. The Exclusion Criteria needs to be placed on the outside of a building so that the public and officers can both see it.
If you have questions about the Property Watch program you may contact Sergeant Andrew Randall at 503-325-4411 or firstname.lastname@example.org