Old West End Security is facing some significant decisions about how best to continue to serve our neighborhood. We want to keep you informed, and to ask for your input.
On July 18, 2018, we received notification that Securitas, the security company providing our patrols, will be closing its Toledo mobile patrol unit as of August 20. They are not doing enough business in Toledo to support the unit, and corporate headquarters decided to stop operations.
Members of the board contacted eight other security companies with operations in Toledo. We were surprised to find that none currently offer the services we require. That leaves us without a security service to perform patrols in the OWE.
Our immediate next steps are:
Continue services as normal through August 20th, 2018.
Stop accepting new supporters and any donations/payments immediately.
Continue looking for a private security company that can provide the necessary service.
Solicit input from supporters and the neighborhood more broadly on what kind of initiatives might best serve the Old West End community.
We have put together an online survey to distribute throughout the Old West End to gather input from neighbors about what, if any, community-based security program they would like to participate in. If there is sufficient interest in a block watch program, OWES will help facilitate starting such a program and recruiting members.
Thank you for your support of Old West End Security, and we hope you will join us in continuing to work to make the Old West End a safer and stronger community.
Board of Trustees, Old West End Security, Inc.
Ben Grazzini, President
Jemma Hostetler, Vice-President
Joel Roberts, Treasurer
Deb Kienzle, Secretary
Sara Haynes, Trustee
Caryn Maloney, Trustee
If something happens...
If you see suspicious activity or crime in action, PLEASE call 911 and advise them of the issue. The more Toledo Police knows, the better they are able to schedule patrols for the areas at greatest risk.
The Toledo Police Department non-emergency line is: (419) 245-3340.
TPD Online Crime Reports
Toledo Police has implemented an online system for filing police reports (for some crimes, not all) without having a police crew respond. Click here for info on TPD's Citizen's Online Police Reporting System (COPRS).
If you witness drug activity in the neighborhood, please call: Drug Hotline at TPD: (419) 259-3784 and/or Detective Doug Allen: (419) 245-3338 and provide as much information as possible i.e., description of vehicle(s), person(s), address, time of day, etc.