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Is Something Happening to Lakewood?

New resident poses the question: is crime in Lakewood this normal?

Growing up, I always want to live in Lakewood. I always saw it as a safe town, with interesting, old buildings, and amazing local businesses and restaurants. It was the kind of town that was close enough to the city, but completely contained in itself. It was the kind of place that you could find everything.

I'm beginning to feel like the Lakewood I thought I moved to is starting to disappear.

Yes, every city has it's issues. At first glance it seems like Lakewood's biggest issues are things like . Or breed-specific legislation against Pit Bulls.

Obviously these are issues that Lakewoodites have great passion for, but has anyone noticed the police blotters lately?

When I first moved to Lakewood, and started reading Patch, there was the occasional bar fight, a drug bust during a traffic stop, a DUI, or something silly like a report that someone's house had been covered in toilet paper.

While these are all reportable, they weren't exactly things that made me step back and think I didn't live in a safe neighborhood.

Now when I read the Police Blotter I see many more reports of robberies, burglaries, and let's not forget the , tying up the owner.

One thing I'm grateful for is that I know these things are occurring. Patch has done a great job of keeping us all up-to-date on police activity. My fear is for those who don't read or have access to Patch and may be unaware that crime is clearly coming to Lakewood in full force.

Obviously I haven't lived here for very long, so maybe Lakewood just sees criminal activity like this on occasion, but it just seems odd, especially since a in Lakewood for 2010. Lately, it just doesn't seem like it really is.

While Lakewood residents are clearly passionate about many issues effecting their city, I think it's time to add one more to the list: crime.

Regardless if you belong to an organized neighborhood watch or something, it's clear we all need to look out for one another.

Keep an eye on your neighbors and keep them up-to-date on what's happening in Lakewood. I don't care if they have a Pit Bull, hens, or a love for a on every corner, let's keep each other aware and safe.

Maybe I'm just being paranoid, and what seems like an increase in crimes, is actually fairly normal activity, but I do think it's something everyone should pay attention to.

I know I try to keep this blog light-hearted and fun, and I'll continue to do that, but I just wanted to throw this out there.  

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Joe Hildebrandt October 23, 2011 at 02:33 PM
I feel very safe in lakewood. I have lived her for 8 years and have only had small issues, such as car break in (which was a bunch of kids). Our community is very safe in comparison to other city's our size. Check out this site... http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/oh/lakewood/crime/ Our safety rank is 32, westlake's is 40... not that big of difference
Jacquie October 23, 2011 at 06:20 PM
I have lived in Lakewood for 54 years ... I still feel very safe here. The reason you feel upset is you read the blotter all the time! I read it occasionally to stay aware, but do not dwell on it. Be smart and be aware ... Keep doors locked, light your yard at night, call the police if you see something suspicious ... We are all part of the solution. Treat people as you want to be treated yourself. Lakewood is know for being a safe place and having a very responsive Police force.
Leana Donofrio-Milovan October 23, 2011 at 07:22 PM
Agree with both. Grew up here and moved back here and purchased a house. Great place to call home. Crime happens everywhere. Stay alert.
Paul Grimm October 23, 2011 at 08:59 PM
"Crime happens everywhere." Thanks, I feel better now. Everything's A-OK.
Cory Shaffer October 24, 2011 at 02:48 AM
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rosalie ferline October 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM
crime does happen everywhere! We are blessed with great police action. They are there in a heartbeat. That is what makes Lakewood a great place to reside!
Shauna pagel October 24, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Well I have to agree with the author of this article. I have lived in Lakewood my whole life, 32 years. I am starting to see drug deals on corners and we believe that someone tried to get into our house this past weekend! Lakewood is not as safe as it was and I know crime is everywhere!
Beth October 24, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Several weeks ago there was an assault on Roycroft. Did these thugs have any connection with the victims? What was the fate of these criminals? Why doesn't the patch do follow-ups? Many of us in this neighborhood are VERY concerned about our safety now.
Ed October 25, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Have to chime in and say I'm glad someone else said something. Yes, reading the blotter too often can raise anyone's suspicions a little high, but I don't think there's any reasonable doubt that at least parts of Lakewood are no longer safe, or at the very least not as safe as they once were. I've lived here 22 years and I've noticed a lot of change specifically in the last five years or so, involving many elements, and sadly, crime is one of them.
Peter Grossetti October 25, 2011 at 01:12 PM
"parts of Lakewood" and "elements" are elitist code words for "blacks," "poor white trash," etc. Sorry (ashamed, actually) that Lakewood is not Lilly White enough for some of my fellow residents. I, for one, embrace this city's cultural and racial differences!
Paul Grimm October 25, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Confused by your comment, Peter. Are you saying that crime and bad behavior are "cultural and racial differences" therefore, it's OK and we just need to accept the crime and bad behavior otherwise we will be labeled as racists?
Melissa October 28, 2011 at 02:09 PM
I think part of the problem is that the city leaders created issues like breed bans, (owning one is a criminal offense) which ends up wasting resources that could be better spent elsewhere. Having a ban on breeds of dogs takes time away from real criminal issues. The PD is usually the first contact when someone reports a person walking a suspected banned dog. (then to Animal Control). Both of these entities have far greater issues to deal with; the crime in which you speak of (PD) and animal abuse, neglect, loose dogs, etc. (ACO) So the two issues (crime and breed bans) are mutually inclusive. To say you don't care about the ban is fine, as long as you realize the depths at which it reaches. I love Lakewood, and being a military family and having lived quite a few places I can say the crime here, while absolutely relevant, isn't near to what we have seen elsewhere. Having said that, I do understand your concern, and believe if we don't stop enacting illogical laws such as breed bans; the potential for real crime rising is a sure bet.
patrick guzik December 06, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Lakewood is a horrible place to live in police are bigger criminals racist along with court system

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