Category Archives: Public safety and crime

Burglaries in the neighborhood

Early Sunday morning, April 19, 2020, at least three townhouses in Peterkort Woods were burglarized.

It looks like the incidents occurred between midnight and 5am.   No force was used to enter homes.  One may have been unlocked.  In another case, a garage door opener was taken from a vehicle on the street and the suspect entered through the garage.

The homeowners were home at the time in all cases but were unaware of the crimes until later in the morning.

We live in a relatively safe neighborhood and burglaries to occupied dwellings, especially townhouses, are rare.  However, I would suggest the following precautions be taken.

  • Lock all the doors on your vehicles and home
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles (even in your garage)
  • Lock the entry door from the garage to the lower level of your home
  • Keep your porch light on at night
  • Consider installing a front entry camera

If you have been the victim of a crime, please report it to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  The non-emergency phone number is 503-629-0111.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Contact Dave Kresta (612 SW Foresta) with your name, phone number, address, and description of needs: email: davekresta@gmail.com

Phone/text(preferred): 503-442-9667
Interested in being on the response team?
If you are in a healthy, non-symptomatic household, please contact Dave Kresta and you’ll be added to response team.
QUARANTINED?
A group of PKW neighbors is available to help if your household is self- isolating. Your neighbors can help with:

❑ groceries
❑ medications
❑ mail
❑ A friendly phone call
We’ll keep our distance and leave everything at your door-step.
After we receive your request you’ll be contacted by a member of the PKW neighbor response team to confirm and make arrangements.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2018

JOIN THE PARTY

Festivities begin and end on the Great Lawn

August 7, 2018

6:00 – 9:00 PM

The best way to build a community is to know your neighbors.  We invite you to take a little time out of your busy summer and participate.

National Night Out is a program that helps build relationships and triumphs over a culture that sometimes isolates us from each other.

Our goal is to have fun and build a healthier, safer connected community.

More info on the National event: https://natw.org or contact pkwsocial@gmail.com

National Night Out flyer 2018

Mailbox on SW Morrison

One of the mailboxes on upper SW Morrison was damaged recently and is being replaced.  An inquiry to TMG produced the following response.

“It appears that someone hit it and reported it to the post office. The post office will be replacing the box…It may take a few days, even a few weeks depending on what they need to arrange on their end…”

If this is your mailbox and you have questions about mail delivery, contact the West Slope Post Office at (503)203-8705.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AUGUST 2nd

Please come meet your neighbors this August 2, 2016 from  6-9 pm for “National Night Out, a Family Event on the Great Lawn behind the Clubhouse!

Bring your picnic, chairs and blankets.  S’mores, water & Juice boxes will be provided.

There will be games and fun for all including Water Balloon Toss and Bubbles!!
Questions? Call:
Marilyn Gray 503-936-4608

for full NNO Flyer:

Flyer for National Night Out 2016

Pool safety and security

Our pool is for the exclusive use of PKW homeowners, their immediate family, their guests, and lessees with the rights of owners.

Legal users of the pool are expected to use their fob to enter one of the two pool gates.  They are also expected to wear or display  a bracelet provided by the HOA (contact TMG if you need one).

The HOA is hiring a weekend pool monitor for the remainder of the summer.  One of their responsibilities will be to verify that the people using the pool are those mentioned in the first paragraph.  Please make their job easier by showing the your fob and/or bracelet.

The pool is one of our community’s greatest assets as well as a potential liability.  Help protect it by reporting suspicious activity.

If you see someone using the pool that you don’t recognize and/or is not wearing a bracelet like yours, introduce yourself.  Politely ask them where the live.  If they are trespassing and refuse to leave, call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (503-629-0111.

For further information on the use of the pool, please see:

https://peterkortwoodshoa.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/pool-rules.pdf

https://peterkortwoodshoa.com/2015/07/11/pool-etiquette/

 

Crime Prevention

In the past couple of weeks, our neighborhood has been the victim of several thefts.  Thieves have been taking furniture and planters from the front porches of our homes.

Although most crimes have occurred over night, in at least one case, the theft occurred in the middle of the day.

I would urge all homeowners to report every crime to the Washington County Sheriff, 503-629-0111. You can request a deputy in person or you can make a report over the phone.

There are a few steps we can take to protect ourselves.

  1. Turn on your front porch lights overnight.
  2. Cable or zip tie furniture and other easy to move objects.
  3. Consider a security camera (make sure to submit an ARC request first).
  4. Keep an eye on suspicious people.  Write down license plate numbers of suspicious vehicles.
  5. If you see a crime occurring, call 911.   Call 503-629-0111 for all non-urgent police matters.

A crime prevention specialist from the Washington County Sheriff’s will be at the Annual Homeowners’ Meeting on August 8th. If you have questions or are interested in starting a neighborhood watch, please attend.

For more info, see:

https://peterkortwoodshoa.com/2015/12/08/theft-in-the-neighborhood/

Disaster Preparedness Planning

Where: At our Clubhouse.

When:  Saturday, January 9th. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm and will last until about 8:30pm.

The entire Peterkort Woods community is invited to attend. A presentation will be made covering the following topics related to disaster preparedness planning, as it affects our Peterkort Woods community.

Topics:

  • Developing a plan for a disaster, talk, plan, and practice
  • Building individual survival kits (go bags), what to include in the kit for days or weeks
  • Vehicle survival kits
  • Transportation
  • First Aid Kits
  • Food supplies
  • Water
  • Sanitation
  • Tools and supplies
  • Financial preparedness
  • Important papers
  • Security

As a community, we also need to know our neighbors and how many people live in each residence to enable rescue personnel to know who might be trapped inside should a disaster strike.  We also need to learn of any special skills/disciplines and expertise represented in our community that would be of great help should a disaster strike and we become isolated from the rest of Portland (e.g. police, firefighters, medical, security, communications, mechanical, electrical, construction, etc.)  It is also important that we know of any disabilities or physical limitations that might put certain community members at risk in an emergency.  To do this, we will be handing out a questionnaire. Completed questionnaires should be forwarded to any HOA board member.  Filling out this questionnaire is voluntary.  Once the information is gathered and compiled the HOA board will publish and disseminate the information to all Peterkort Woods residence owners.

At the meeting, we will have examples of some of the survival items that will be discussed.   Also, upon arrival at the Clubhouse, each person will be given a raffle ticket for a chance to win several door prizes.  Prizes include two survival backpacks each containing food, water, thermal blankets, first aid kits, etc; a windup emergency radio receiver; two LifeStraw water filters, and two sets of thermal blankets.  We will also be serving bottled water and trail mix snacks.

We look forward to seeing you all there on the 9th!

Theft in the neighborhood

There have been several thefts in PKW recently.  Most of theses have been thefts of plants and other decorations taken from the front porch or steps.  With Christmas coming soon, there will likely be an increase in delivered package thefts.

I would urge residents to take the following precautions:

  1. Leave your front porch lights on at night.
  2. Don’t leave valuables unsecured.
  3. Require a signature for all deliveries.
  4. Consider having packages delivered to a secure location such as a UPS store.
  5. Keep an eye on strangers at your neighbors’ door.
  6. Report suspicious activity to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

If you see a crime occurring now (even if it’s a minor theft) call 911.  For non-emergency police response, cal 503-629-0111.

Pool etiquette

A small pool for 223 families presents a few challenges.  On any nice day there may be more people who wish to use the pool and barbeque area than can be comfortably accommodated.

The rules that are in place are intended to insure the health, safety, and contentment of all.  Not all situations are covered in the rules, so more rules have been proposed.  For example: should we limit hours of use by children, number of floaty toys, etc.

The HOA Board has the right to add or modify these rules, but I do not think this is the best course of action.  Homeowners need to be more responsible.  Obey the existing rules and tactfully correct others when they are in violation.  Above all, keep in mind that you are not the only person who wishes to enjoy the pool or BBQ.

So, in case you are not sure how to accomplish this, here are a few tips.

NO GLASS in the lower pool area.  This includes wine and beer bottles.

NO UNATTENDED CHILDREN under 14.  It does not matter how mature you think they are, your 10 year old cannot be left at the pool all day by herself.

NO CLIMBING THE FENCE.  If you forgot or lost your FOB, go home or wait for another homeowner to let you in.

Please keep track of your property.  If you brought it, take it home.  If it was there, leave it.  If you lost something, contact this website or TMG.  If you know who took the brand new BBQ scrubber (purchased by a homeowner for use by all), please tell them to return it.

I think we can throw out most rules and replace them with one.  Treat others as you wish to be treated.