Old Town businesses speak out on crime


Business owners in Portland’s Old Town-Chinatown are calling for an increased police presence due to drug dealing, prostitution and break-ins.

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Business owners in Portland’s Old Town-Chinatown are calling for an increased police presence due to drug dealing, prostitution and break-ins.

 

“Probably the City of Portland and the police bureau bring more resources to bare in this general area, probably per capita, or per square foot than anywhere else in the city of Portland,” said Lt. Robert King, public information officer with the Portland Police Bureau.

Yet despite that, some businesses including Hamburger Mary’s owners want to see even more police presence here. Since moving to Old Town ten months ago, co-owner Ian Cooke said crime has escalated. “We’re dealing with crack deals, crack smoking, and drug usage openly in daylight, which baffles me,” said Cooke.

Read more at KGW.com.

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