We have a Neighborhood Watch Program for the following reasons:
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The Cleveland Heights Neighborhood Watch Program is a new collaboration that reinforces the work of the Police Department, Community Relations and Cleveland Heights residents - organized by residents with the assistance of the City. The program encourages neighbors to “look out for each other,” which is best achieved by becoming acquainted at regularly scheduled Neighborhood Watch meetings and events.
Start by calling the Police Community Response Team at 216-291-4225 or Community Relations at 216-291-2323. Choose a mutually agreeable date for an initial meeting. Invite all of the neighbors on your block to the meeting. Community Relations will be happy to print up flyers (at no cost) for you to distribute. Meetings can be held at City Hall.
A member of the Police Community Response Team and a Community Relations Assistant will attend the meeting and give a program overview.
The Neighborhood Watch/street meetings better educate you and your neighbors about subjects that may be of concern to the group. It works very much like a street association. In addition to regular meetings with specific topics, Neighborhood Watch streets are encouraged to have social events too, such as block parties, holiday get-togethers, street-wide garage sales, etc.
A typical meeting agenda could include:
Meeting topics could include:
Take an informal survey among your group and decide which topics are most important and set priorities for which subjects will be discussed. Try involving as many neighbors as possible. Be sure to send out meeting notices – either flyers, phone (start a phone tree) or by email, once you collect email addresses. Some neighborhoods have their own websites, which neighbors can access for the latest information and updates.