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Brooklyn gets “tip of the hat” from the Oregonian

The MAX Orange Line opens up possibilities for the often-overlooked Southeast neighborhood.

If you may not have had the opportunity to catch this article in the Business section on Friday Dec. 5.  The article goes on to say, “real estate agents are optimistic about the neighborhood’s potential. They say Brooklyn is poised to become Portland’s next hot neighborhood.”
Read the full article here

 

Coyote Alert

Coyote
The Brooklyn Helpline has recently received calls regarding coyote sighting in our neighborhood. Two were last reported on July 26th on SE 14th and Rhone walking down the street.

While it may be a bit disconcerting having wild animals roaming our streets, the following information is made available from the Humane Society.

Both coyotes and foxes are members of the canid (dog) family. Coyotes look similar to medium sized dogs, and are often confused with Huskies. Foxes are slightly smaller, and have long bodies and relatively short legs. Coyotes and foxes are both opportunistic: they can exploit a wide range of habitats, feast on a variety of natural and human-supplied foods, and, if necessary, adapt their activity periods to times when humans are not active. Despite being one of the most successful urban mammals, many people are surprised to see a coyote or fox in their backyard – and that surprise often   leads to panic. The good news is that there really is not much to worry about.

Q: I just saw a coyote/fox during the day – doesn’t that mean he is rabid?

A: It is actually not unusual to see a coyote or fox out during the day. Coyotes and foxes will venture out during daylight hours in search of food.  Both animals are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will hunt for food as the opportunity presents itself –regardless of whether it is day or night. Additionally, both coyotes and foxes eat squirrels, and squirrels are only active during the day. So if you see a fox or coyote outside during the day, he is most likely in pursuit of a squirrel, small rodent, or other daytime food source.

Sometimes people are frightened because a coyote or fox exhibits a “brazenness” that is alarming. This does not necessarily mean that the animal is sick. Coyotes and foxes may habituate to humans because of food sources being constantly available (i.e. cat food left on porches) or repeated contact with no negative consequences.

You can teach a bold coyote or fox to be wary of you and other people by using negative conditioning. Make loud, scary noises by banging metal pot lids together when the animal is nearby, or spray the animal’s hindquarters with a hose. Call your local animal control officer (Multnomah county 503/988-7387) or police non-emergency (503/823-3333) if an adult coyote or fox seen in the daytime is acting at all sick or showing abnormal behaviors such as partial paralysis, circling, staggering as if drunk or disoriented, self mutilating, or exhibiting either unprovoked aggression or unnatural tameness. While waiting for animal control personnel, keep people and companion animals away from the animal. Continue reading Coyote Alert

More flat tires in Brooklyn

We have received the following information from a crime data specialist at the Portland Police ….

I spent two hours today going through the Brooklyn neighborhood where the tire punctures have been occurring.  There were several new cases we found as we canvases the area.  So you know the tire punctures continue.  Encourage your neighbors to report and be as specific as possible about what time it happened.  Another help is watch for people walking or riding a bike/skateboard down the middle of the street after midnight and up to sunrise.  If they pause or stop at the front tire on the street side, that would be suspicious.  Most people do not walk in the middle of the street.  Most bike commuters do not stop when commuting and wear appropriate lighting.  Unlikely to be a local transient(s) because the area of these cases extends well beyond I-84.

 There has been several repeat tire punctures.  Tell people that if you were a victim once, you have a much higher probability to be a victim again. 

 We are working the cases and understand the stress this puts on an individual and family to pay for the damage.

 Here are some recent stats as of Sept 7th

Because of the entry time into our database, I do not have a complete week after the 7th.  I will shortly.

Tire Punctures casesTire Punctures

Station Wagons are primarily from the Subaru all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive family.

Remember:  If it was not reported it will not show up in the police data

Crime stoppers has  listed this as a Featured Crime and is offering $1000.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=4380&ec=1

 

 

Flat tires in Brooklyn

If you ever came out in the morning to this scene,  you know how frustrating it could be.

Flat tire
TV Channel 6 News had an article in their evening news on Thursday 9/5  about the occurrences of this in the Portland area. Unfortunately the report was based on incomplete information.

With all the incidents happening in Brooklyn, a request was made to the Portland Police Dept to supply us with some related crime data. The crime analyst developed a map showing the areas where the crimes had occurred. The map used for the news program showed no crimes in Brooklyn. Further queries showed Brooklyn with a concentration of occurrences as follows. 

Brooklyn neighborhood incidents are concentrated in a small area covering 12th from Holgate to Cora and then 9th from Cora to Rhone. Then there are several on 10th and 11th from Center to Rhone. On 8th there are 2 near Franklin. The following link to the crime statistic map shows the major concentrations.

Map of Tire Punctures through Aug 30

Keep in mind that this information is only for incidents reported to PPD. If it happened to you or a neighbor make sure it is reported. Reports can be made on line at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/
This problem has not ended as there was a report of an RV flat tire on 9th Ave this week.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case or any other crime.