PORTLAND -- Investigators are looking into multiple tire slashings in a Southeast Portland neighborhood for the second time in a week.
Police were called Tuesday to reports of several flattened tires near Southeast 41st Avenue and Schiller Street. Similar reports were taken in the area last week, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.
No suspect information was available. Detectives have asked that any victims call the police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 to aid their investigation.
Portland police responded to more than 500 reports of tire slashings between May and November 2013, causing at least $300,000 in damage.
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Police do not know if last year's rash of tire slashings is connected to the most recent incidents. Anyone who sees vehicle vandalism in progress should call 911, Simpson said.
He also offered the following tips to help prevent tire slashings:
- Park your vehicle off the street and in a garage, if possible.
- Enhance your exterior lighting: leave porch lights on at night, add motion sensor lighting to the garage and add pathway or sidewalk solar lighting. Prune trees or bushes that obstruct light.
- If you have exterior video cameras, turn them toward the street to capture activity and people near vehicles parked on the street.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Leave a tip online here or call 503-823-HELP.