In 2016, the Astoria Police Department started working with a few different Astoria business owners, apartment complexes, and commercial property owners to try out a program that has been successfully used by several other police departments in Oregon to help reduce unwanted activity that occurs after business hours or when the person responsible for that property, or business, is not on site. The trial run showed promise and in 2017 the program was introduced as Property Watch. During 2017, 36 different commercial properties and businesses partnered with the Astoria Police Department by becoming a member of Property Watch.
There is no cost to be a member of this program which is open to commercial property owners, business owners, and apartment complex owners/managers that are in the city limits of Astoria. This program is not open to single family residential houses.
By being a member of this program, the Astoria Police have the legal authority to ask people who meet certain exclusion criteria to leave member properties even if the property owner or manager is not on the premises at the time the conduct is occurring. This is especially useful in addressing non-criminal situations like loitering or consumption of alcohol in public.
If you would like to know more about the Property Watch program you can visit the Astoria Police Department webpage, Facebook page, or email Sgt. Andrew Randall at: firstname.lastname@example.org .