|September is National Preparedness Month|
Stop by the Rocky River Nature Center on September 17th between 12:00 and 3:00 p to learn more about preparing for emergencies at home, school, work, and in your community. Learn more in the event flyer for Preparedness: Inside and Out. Learn more about Thunderstorms & Lightning Safety, developing a Family Communications Plan, and other preparedness tips from the Are You Ready? Presentation.
The University Heights Police Department serves to enhance the quality of life and foster a sense of security and well being for citizens by upholding the Constitution of the United States, the laws of the State of Ohio, and the Ordinances of the City of University Heights.
The Police Department employs twenty-eight sworn law enforcement officers and six civilian employees.
The Police Department sponsors an Auxiliary Police unit of concerned community residents. Members of this unit offer an invaluable perspective on happenings in their immediate neighborhood and in the City. Auxiliary officers have the opportunity to ride along on patrol with a regular officer. As the second patrolman in the police cruiser, the Auxiliary officer gives the regular officer another set of eyes and ears. Please contact Lieutenant Dale Orians at (216) 932-1800 if you are interested in joining the Auxiliary Police unit.
The University Heights Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program designed to increase neighborhood safety and awareness by reducing crime through education and communication. Neighborhood Watch is really about being observant. Anyone can do it every day just by being aware of what is appropriate for their neighborhood and contacting the police about anything or anyone unusual or suspicious.
Please join the Neighborhood Watch program. More volunteers are always needed and welcome. Contact Lieutenant Dale Orians for more information at (216) 932-1800 or by e-mail at UHWATCH@yahoo.com.
The Police Department jointly provides police S.W.A.T. services with four nearby communities (Shaker Heights, Beachwood, South Euclid, Euclid), and provides assistance in high risk and life threatening situations through the use of specialized training in weapons and tactics.
Home Security Tips
Thank you for attending the Community Safety Forum on July 29 at John Carroll University. We hope that the information from the panel of criminal justice and prosecution experts was helpful, and that you find the Home Security Checklist from the University Heights Police Department useful.
Home Security Checklist (pdf)
If you do not have a security system, alarm, or a big dog, there are other ways to prevent thieves from targeting your home:
– Keep all first floor windows and doors locked at night or while away from home.
– Install a bolt or bar locking device on sliding patio doors.
– Lock entry door to attached garage.
– Turn on a light, radio, or TV while away from home.
– Do not leave purses, computers, or other valuables in plain view from outside.
– Remove all valuables from your vehicle, and lock your vehicle.
– Install outside lighting, especially at the side and rear of the home.
– Turn on outside lights at night or add motion sensors.
– Close and lock the front door when working in the backyard.
– Do not allow unfamiliar persons into your home.
– Report any solicitors or suspicious persons to the Police.
– Hold mail delivery through the post office; temporarily stop newspaper delivery while out of town.
– Keep garage doors closed.
Cash, jewelry, small electronics, and computer equipment are the top items being stolen from homes. Photograph expensive items and write down serial numbers. Keep the information in a safe place in case your property is stolen.