Safety & Security

Everyone living here should be as aware and forceful in protecting our security as if The Elizabeth were a private residence.  It is difficult to deny building access to people that appear to have a reason to enter, but homeowners and tenants must be assertive in this regard.  Otherwise, there is effectively no security in the building beyond the lock on your door.

References Bylaws regarding access to entry with strangers, etc

If you feel embarrassed to confront a stranger, just say, “I’m sorry, I don’t recognize you.  Please check in at the Concierge desk.”

Tell your guests not to expect to enter the building without using the call box system and ask them not to expect other people entering the building to let them in.

Vehicles entering and exiting the garage should wait in view of the gate to ensure that it closes behind them.

On foot, be sure that all exterior doors close properly behind you when going in or out.

Immediately report all suspicious activity to the Portland Police —

For non-emergency Police calls — (503) 823-3333

For suspicious activity/nuisance issues, call Pacific Patrol — (503) 595-3440

In a real emergency only — Dial 911 (Do not hesitate to call 911 if you feel the situation warrants it!)

Safety Tips

Fire Safety:

To prevent fires:

  • Be careful not to leave your stove unattended while cooking.
  • Be careful not to leave your fireplace burning when you leave your unit.
  • If you smell gas, and shutting off an unlit stove burner doesn’t fix the problem, do not operate electrical switches or telephones.   Exit your unit and use your mobile phone or a neighbor’s phone to call the gas company —

NW NATURAL — 1 (800) 882-3377

To prepare for a fire:

  • Know where fire alarms and fire extinguishers are located near your unit.
  • Consider buying a fire extinguisher,  just in case.

In the event of a fire:

  • If the fire is inside your unit, be sure to close your door as you exit!
  • Do not attempt to use the elevators!
  • Use the stairwells to descend to the 1st floor and exit the building.
  • Do not re-enter until firemen signal their okay.

Fire safety also includes the firemen who might have to risk their lives on The Elizabeth’s behalf …

*References Bylaws regarding fire safety*

Personal Safety:

The Elizabeth is a gated community for a reason. Portland is reasonably safe, but it is a city, and it contains the full spectrum of human activity — some of it illegal, some of it potentially dangerous.

Do not allow anyone unknown to you to enter The Elizabeth by following you into the lobbies, courtyard, or garage.

For more on security at The Elizabeth: House Rules – Security

Children Safety:

Children are welcome at the Elizabeth.  However, for safety reasons they must be under adult supervision at all times while in common areas.

Pedestrian Safety:

  • Driving habits here in Northwest Portland are civilized for the most part, but be cautious — residents of The Elizabeth have been hit by cars while crossing nearby streets.
  • Drivers find pedestrians hard to see — especially near crowded corners, at corners without crosswalks, anytime in the rain, and at night.
  • Drivers may not see all stop signs, which occur irregularly in our neighborhood anyway, and are sometimes obscured by foliage.
  • Don’t assume drivers are familiar with our area — they may be commuting, they may live far away, and they may be in a hurry to get wherever they’re going.
  • Cross streets only at intersections — in marked crosswalks if possible.
  • Try to make eye contact with car drivers if you’re not sure they see you.
  • Wear bright clothes if possible.
  • Wear reflective patches if possible — many jackets, gloves, and shoes have built-in reflectors.
  • Be especially cautious in gloomy weather, at twilight, and at night.
  • Consider carrying a flashlight when visibility is poor.

Automobile Safety:

  • Cars parked overnight on streets near The Elizabeth are not parked safely.  Multiple break-in incidents have been reported.
  • Park in our garage whenever possible.
  • If you must park outside, do not leave valuables exposed in your car’s interior.
  • If you must transfer valuables from your car’s interior to the trunk, do not do so in sight of anyone near your chosen spot.   Better to make the transfer somewhere else, and then drive to your final location.