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October 24, 2014 
Safety Committee Report 

A standing committee of the KCDC Board is our Safety Committee, chaired by board Secretary Sean DeCrane, a Cleveland Fire Department Battalion Chief residing in the neighborhood. The committee is in regular contact with First District Police Commander Tom McCartney, who is also a neighborhood resident, and Councilman Marty Keane. The committee met earlier this week and felt that some updated safety information via this e-newsletter would be timely and informative.

First, you may want to read our interview in Kamm's Corners
Winter 2014 Issue
Magazine with Commander McCartney published last winter regarding keeping safe in the neighborhood. It can be viewed in this issue
on page 8. It contains many insightful tips to avoid becoming a victim.

A very helpful website for keeping neighbors abreast of issues and events as respects their very local vicinity is Next Door. This private social networking site is useful for a host of items from lost dogs to garage sales, but can be particularly useful for staying in touch with neighbors in your immediate vicinity regarding suspicious activity taking place. It is especially relevant in the winter months, when people don't see each other as often.

A very important issue is reporting of smaller property crimes that you may be inclined to let go. Police staffing levels are directly associated with the number of crimes reported. Low reporting of crime will eventually result in fewer patrols. Please be sure to report every crime to the Police Department! Report incidents at 216-623-1234. Minor crimes can now be reported online at the Cleveland Police Department page of the City of Cleveland's website, here.

Councilman Keane has been working with the City of Cleveland to secure the installation of at least eight cameras to be placed at intersections and busy traffic areas of the ward. Locations include Kamm's Corners, Warren Road near Warren Village, and Puritas Avenue at Rocky River Drive. These cameras are NOT speed cameras. Instead, they will provide information about pedestrian and vehicular accidents, and they will also give police identifying information for tracking suspected criminals. The cameras will be operational in a phased approach that is already underway.

KCDC is investigating the cost of installing cameras and enhanced lighting in the city-owned parking lot at West 168th Street and Albers Avenue. Once costs are established, KCDC will seek to identify funds to bring the project to fruition.

Commander McCartney asked us to remind residents that the First District and the Police Community Relations Board host a monthly meeting where residents can interact directly with police and get to know the officers who serve our area. The meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church at 10205 Lorain Avenue. The next meeting will be held November 6th at 7 p.m. KCDC often has a staff member present at these meetings, too.

Residents are reminded to turn on their porch lights this Halloween to keep our children safe as they Trick or Treat. Additional Halloween safety tips can be found here.

Finally, don't forget that fall is the season to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors! More information can be found on page 6 of our magazine here. As you change your clocks to "fall back" in a couple of weeks, be sure to change your batteries too. Your life may depend on it.

Have a safe Halloween and holiday season, and please contact Kamm's Corners Development if you need assistance in accessing services. Please encourage your neighbors to sign up for this e-newsletter at our website.

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