25 cities, 25 days. Building Better Neighborhoods: Keeping You Safe Where You Live, finishes up phase one this week after we visit our last 5 cities.
We chose 5 cities, in the 5 counties that surround Cleveland and have been highlighting what each city has to offer residents and visitors. Each community, in return, is identifying 5 streets or neighborhoods to come together for a community safety meeting where residents will be given solid, safety advice and urged to call police when they notice something suspicious going on in their neighborhood.
According to Avon Police Chief Richard Bosley, police officers can only do so much.
"Crime prevention has always been in our neighborhoods first. This provides us with a good opportunity to get back into those neighborhoods and work with our residents in preventing crime. The best thing any resident can do is know their neighbors, know what their neighbors routine is so to speak that way they know what is suspicious in their neighborhood and they can report that suspicious activity to us," said Bosley.
On Monday, look for Leon Bibb in Bay Village, on Tuesday Danita Harris visits Madison Village, Tracy Carloss shows us Brunswick on Wednesday, Chris Flanagan goes to Macedonia on Thursday and Lee Jordan will be in LaGrange on Friday.
After each of our partnered cities is featured, we announce the 5 streets or neighborhoods that each is bringing together for their safety meeting. Residents in each city can then vote for one week at newsnet5.com/bbn for one of those neighborhoods. The one with the most votes gets a Building Better Neighborhood sign later this Spring.
This project has the endorsement of the Ohio Attorney General's office and the social network app, Nextdoor . Both have been sending representatives to the safety meetings. The goal of the AG's office is to project Ohio Consumers. The goal of Nextdoor is to connect residents to each other and bring back a true send of community to our neighborhoods.