Ohio City Community Safety Programs and Services
Safety is a top priority for all who live, work, and play in Ohio City. As such, it is also a top priority for Ohio City Incorporated. OCI has implemented multiple initiatives aimed at addressing community safety in a proactive manner. This begins by recognizing that community safety spans a spectrum, from crime, to infrastructure and quality of life concerns. In addition to the safety initiatives below, OCI strives to empower residents to connect, organize, and explore strategies to make the neighborhood safer for all. Additionally, Ohio City Incorporated seeks to build a long-term foundation for neighborhood safety by providing economic opportunity, eliminating blight, introducing families to each other, and connecting neighborhood youth to educational, vocational and recreational activities that put them on a path to success.
Look below to find information regarding each of the community safety programs or services that OCI makes available to the community.
OHIO CITY SAFETY CAMERA INITIATIVE
The Ohio City Safety Camera Initiative is a growing network of cameras placed throughout the neighborhood. Combined with signage, these cameras provide an extra layer of safety by deterring crime and aiding the Second District Police in investigations. Similar safety camera initiatives in other neighborhoods in the City of Cleveland have resulted in a reduction in crime through deterrence and positive feedback from residents. In other instances, safety cameras have documented crimes being committed and led to the successful prosecutions of the perpetrators.
How the Camera Initiative works:
The Camera Initiative relies on the Ohio City Community to be effective. All of our cameras are connected to video recorders that hold the footage for 14 days. In the unfortunate event that you are the victim of, or witness, a crime, follow these steps to request camera footage.
1. File a police report - Filing a police report is essential in order to request camera footage. All of the footage that is requested is sent to the Second District Police Department, and must have a police report number attached to it. If you do not file a police report, we cannot access footage. Many minor crimes and property crimes can be filed online here.
2. Submit a Footage Request Form here. Once this form is submitted, our camera team will examine the footage and determine if there is anything of value regarding the incident. If they find footage, it will be sent directly to the Second District Police Department, to be attached to your case. The only people with access to the footage will be the camera team and the police department. OCI will not release footage to anyone outside of these two entities. The purpose of the camera program is to deter criminals, and aid the police department in their investigations.
Once footage has been submitted, the Second District Police Department handles the investigation. Inquiries into the status of the case should be directed to them.
Home Safety improvement program
Ohio City Incorporated, in partnership with the Second District, will provide free safety audits to residents who are interested in improving their home's security. After completing a safety audit conducted by the Cleveland Police, OCI members* are eligible for reimbursements for 50% of the cost of improvements, up to $250. Safety upgrades can include new locks, doors, windows, lighting or any upgrade suggested by Cleveland Police. Residents make the upgrades themselves and then submit receipts for reimbursement to Ohio City Incorporated.** Members of the Ohio City Incorporated Board of Directors are eligible to have a safety audit conducted but are not eligible to receive the reimbursement.
As of July 18th, 2019, cameras are not eligible expenses for the reimbursement program, with the exception of one doorbell style camera per household.
*-In order to qualify for the reimbursement portion of the program, residents must be a member of Ohio City Inc. Information regarding free membership can be found at ohiocity.org/membership
**-Multi-family buildings with a common-space entry are only eligible for a single reimbursement, and someone in the building must be a member of Ohio City Inc.
To sign up for a Home Safety Audit, please fill out this form.
For more information regarding the Home Safety Improvement Program, please contact Chad Biggers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 375-4840
Documents to Download (please make sure you are using these documents, outdated documents will not be accepted, and you will be asked to resubmit using the new documents):
Special Improvement District
The Ohio City Improvement Corporation envisions a desirable and attractive urban district that encourages people to live, work, study, and play. This is accomplished by facilitating programs, services, and improvements to enhance public safety, attract future investments, and improve the overall vitality of the district.The Market District ambassadors operate up to seven days a week throughout the year maintaining a clean, safe, and attractive environment. They are responsible for removing trash and graffiti, providing safety escorts, addressing panhandling, as well as assisting residents, visitors and merchants.
Ohio City Lights
In response to community feedback requesting better lighting in dark areas of the neighborhood, Ohio City Incorporated installed twelve motion activated, solar powered LED flood lights. These lights are located in poorly lit alleyways, corners and other areas identified by residents as needing more light. Recognizing the fact that well-lit areas are less attractive places for crime, Ohio City Incorporated will continue to identify dark areas of the neighborhood and improve them by installing quality lighting.
Ohio City Incorporated partners with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors office to engage in court watch. Court Watch is a method of community organizing that advocates for justice and to keep violent criminals off the street. When severe crimes are committed, Ohio City Incorporated will follow the court case and recruit community members to advocate for certain outcomes during court sentencing.
Ohio City Incorporated believes that strong communication is at the core of community safety. OCI uses multiple methods to communicate with the neighborhood regarding safety.
Monthly E-Newsletters: Chad Biggers, our Community Safety Organizer, has started monthly e-newsletters that contain updates regarding community safety issues, helpful links, and safety tips for everyone in the neighborhood. Sign up for the newsletter here.
Quarterly Community Safety Meetings: OCI, in partnership with the Ward 3 Councilman’s office, are conducting quarterly community meetings to help keep the community informed, as well as to hear what the community’s safety concerns are. The next meeting will be held on October 23rd at Forest City Brewery at 6 pm.