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Neighborhood Security in Cleveland: 3 Options for HOAs

At Signal 88 of West Cleveland, we often work with local homeowners’ associations (HOAs) on solutions to neighborhood security in Greater Cleveland. With concerns over neighborhood safety on the rise across America, we believe it’s vital that Cleveland’s HOAs have access to the information, resources, and services they need for a safe and secure community. It is our mission to ensure that every resident of Cleveland, Lakewood, Euclid, Cleveland Heights, Strongsville, and all other local areas can feel safe in the communities they call home.

There are a number of options for neighborhood security in Cleveland, but the three below are some of the most popular choices among local HOAs. If your HOA is reconsidering its approach to neighborhood security, we’ve collected key information on these choices that you should keep in mind when weighing your options.

Neighborhood CCTV Security

  • PROS: Provides strong forensic evidence to police.
  • CONS: Is otherwise largely ineffective in terms of neighborhood security.

You’ll find CCTV cameras all over Greater Cleveland, and they’re one of the most popular options for HOAs. Unfortunately, they don’t do much of anything to prevent criminal access and activity in your community. While CCTV footage can sometimes be useful in tracking down criminals after a crime, it’s rare that a camera alone will actually lower levels of criminal activity.

Signal 88 team members providing neighborhood security services for a residential complex

HOA Neighborhood Watch

  • PROS: Cost-effective community based deterrent to criminal activity.
  • CONS: Requires significant time investment and is less effective than professional security.

Neighborhood watch programs, which became widespread in the 1970s and 1980s, remain the most popular neighborhood security option in America. These programs are volunteer based, so they’re an affordable option for any community. Also, research has shown that, unlike CCTV cameras, neighborhood watch programs are effective in reducing crime rates, lowering criminal activity by roughly 15%. One drawback is the time investment and community buy-in required by these programs, which can be tough in areas where people are too busy or are unlikely to volunteer their time.

Professional Neighborhood Security

  • PROS: Advanced systems and professional officers ensure highest level of security.
  • CONS: While pricing is flexible, costs may be off-putting to some community members.

Rising concerns over community safety have made professional neighborhood security in Cleveland an increasingly popular option. Mobile patrol security services, like those offered by Signal 88 of West Cleveland, provide an excellent visual deterrent at cost-effective pricing. The flexibility of mobile patrol security makes it easy to adjust costs, making these services particularly attractive to security-minded and cost-conscious HOAs alike.

Keep your community safe with neighborhood security services from Signal 88 of West Cleveland. Call (216) 544-9800 today to learn more about our services.