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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Cherry Street Mission has
stepped up security for the neighborhood.
Each year, as the weather
gets nicer, crime tends to rise in the mission's neighborhood. But with the
help of the Toledo Police, the Cherry Street Mission will be cracking down on
crime this summer.
Dan Rogers, president and
CEO of Cherry Street Mission, says they are always aware of their neighborhood
and surroundings, and always discussing ways to stay safe.
"Presence is so critically
important, you know, that we are all present and the police department is just
simply an element of what needs to be present in the community," Rogers said.
According to Rogers, two
common problems in the neighborhood are pedestrians being harassed and feeling
unsafe, and what's called "smash and grab," where cars are broken into and
"There's ways that we can
get on top of that," Rogers said. "One is certainly alerting the police to what's
going on, which they really want to know and will be responsive to. But the
other part of that is awareness and education."
One local businessman
believes TPD did a great job last year keeping the crime down, and says he
supports Cherry Street Mission's goal to step up security.
"I'm all for it," said
Randall Ortman. "I think that it'd be just a good plus for the neighborhood."
Rogers says Cherry Street
has to own the problems they face in the community, and answer those problems
with good safety protocol, good education and awareness, but also good
programming that helps people recover.