Near West Safety also provides resources to help keep you and your community safe. The documents below provide information and assistance to our community members. If you would like a document that does not appear on this website, or need multi-lingual documents, please don't hesitate to connect with us.
All the safety phone numbers you could ever ask for, in a concise printable sheet, much smaller than the local phone book. Save it to your computer, print it off, email it to your family, whatever you want to do to keep it handy. If you have any suggestions for numbers that may be helpful and should be included, just let us know.
Suspicious Activity tracker
The Second District Police already do a great job of attending community meetings and responding to our complaints. However, some complaints take more time and investigation. The suspicious activity tracker is a tool that residents can use to gather specific information to make it easier for Officers to investigate and respond to. Download, print it out, and send your trackers to firstname.lastname@example.org with your complaints. We will make sure it gets to Second District and gets taken care of.
Here you can find printable checklists chock full of safety tips for your home, business, kids, bicycles, etc.
Near West Safety is not the only safety initiative in our community. Below are links to other specific safety programs, organizations, and agencies. We will be regularly updating this page and adding more links as we go. If you know of an organization, program, or other resource that should be included on this page, please send us a message and let us know!
Bike Cleveland and Vision Zero Close call database
As we work to make our streets safe for people of all ages and abilities to bike and walk we want to hear from you about close calls (i.e. are almost in a crash with another road user) you experience while biking, walking or even driving. When you have a close call take a moment and submit it to our Close Calls Form below. We will use this data in partnership with the City of Cleveland’s Vision Zero initiative to identify trends and to inform future improvements (be them design, maintenance, enforcement or education) to our transportation network
The City of Cleveland’s Public Safety Department has a lot of information about safety services around the city. Follow this link for more information about Animal Control Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire, Police, Public Safety Careers, and the Office of Professional Standard
The May Dugan Center is an excellent resource on the Near West Side. In addition to counseling, an education and resource center, health and wellness program, distribution of food, clothing, and other basic needs, and the MomsFirst program, May Dugan offers services for just about anyone in need. This includes the Trauma Recovery Center which provides help and hope to victims of trauma and violent crime. Follow this link to visit the Trauma Recovery Center’s website and see what they have to offer.
If you have any quality of life safety concerns such as a building and housing complaint, vacant properties in need of grass cut, traffic signals that are malfunctioning, or park/playground maintenance, the City of Cleveland has an easy way to report them. Just click the button below, select what your concern is, and submit the form. The forms get sent to the correct department and then get addressed. You can also check on the status of a complaint from there as well. If you don’t want to, or cannot, fill out the form, you can also call 311 from within the city limits of Cleveland, or 216-664-3111 from anywhere.
It is important to file a police report every time you become the victim of a crime. However, it is not always an easy thing to do thanks to today’s fast paced lives. You can’t always wait for the officers to arrive, or you may not want to pull them off the street just to respond to the petty crime that happened to you. First, don’t ever be afraid that you are wasting the officers’ time. Second, if you don’t feel comfortable filing a police report in person, or don’t have the time to wait for them to arrive, you can also file a police report online, for most minor property crimes. Just visit the link and file a report. Remember, the police can’t handle situations or pursue crimes if they don’t know one happened. Always file a police report!
For county wide information, the Sheriff’s Department website has resources such as CCW information, Animal Abuse Registry, Rx Drug Drop Box Program, Crime Stoppers, Sex Offender Registry, and more. Please feel free to take a look, and know that Cleveland Police Department is not the only Law Enforcement on Duty on the Near West Side.
The County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Strategies Unit has created a registry for privately owned safety cameras. They ask that you register any privately owned cameras who may have, and then law enforcement will be able to identify possible cameras in the area when a crime is committed. You are not giving control of your system to the police, just letting them know that you have cameras in the event that something happens. For more information click the button below.
With the mission of “Reaching out to adults and children in Northeast Ohio to end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises and overcome trauma”, FrontLine Service is the provider of choice in Cuyahoga County for administering services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community: homeless, severely mentally disabled, those in psychiatric crisis and adults and children who have been traumatized by violence in their home or community. At the core of all FrontLine programs is the philosophy of reaching out, engaging those with the highest barriers and building the trust necessary for them to engage in care.