CLEVELAND - Shaker Square officials said every summer youth living in the area take advantage of customers' carelessness and commit crimes of opportunity.
President of The Coral Company, Peter Rubin, said so far no purses have been stolen, but three cellphones and an iPad were taken from unsuspecting customers not keeping a close watch on their belongings by teens.
Rubin said that is key to making sure your valuables are safe.
"There's no panicking or banning together for a solution. This doesn't happen frequently at all. This was a bunch of kids who think it's fun to commit petty crimes, horse play. We meet with our merchants every quarter to talk about landscaping and safety among other things to make Shaker Square a good experience for all," he said. "We also work very closely with Cleveland police."
Rubin said The Coral Company, which owns and manages Shaker Square, has security guards stationed throughout the area for safety purposes. However, he said there are times when kids see an opportunity to steal and they take, though rarely.
"Of course people should be vigilant in Shaker Square, no different from the business district in Cleveland. Crime happens where ever they go these days. There is no outbreak of crime in Shaker Square. So people can come down and feel safe, but yes do keep an eye on your valuables anywhere you go," he explained.
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Charges against the man arrested in connection with a brutal east side murder have been dropped.
Ten years after shooting spree at CWRU, the Cleveland police SWAT team continues to be one of the busiest SWAT teams in the country, serving warrants, freeing hostages and capturing criminals.