The South Ogden Avenue Block Watch greeted the nineteenth precinct’s new liaison,
Officer Ken Ramos, and introduced a new program to help citizens report crime with the insistence that any information helps.
“Our job is to help the community have a better quality of life,” said
Ramos. “No issue is too big or too small.”
Ramos encouraged citizens to contact the police department at any time during the
day, whether it concerns animals, abandoned homes or police emergencies. Taking the time to file a police report, according
to Ramos, is not a waste of time.
To increase community involvement in fighting crime, the Columbus Division of Police
recently spent $19,000 to institute an online Alert Network for two years. The Alert Network allows citizens to submit anonymous
tips, receive e-mail alerts, and search for scheduled block watch meetings.
“Any information is helpful,” said Ramos.
He also encouraged residents to be “nosy neighbors.” An awareness of
the neighborhood helps citizens to recognize who or what does not fit.
“You guys are giving us credible information because you see them. You know
it because you live it,” said Sgt. Laura Suber.
Observing neighborhood activities also helps to spot gangs. Suber advised to watch
for kids loitering in groups, common colors, patterns of behavior, and graffiti. Abandoned houses are also havens for gang
While the process for taking over an abandoned house takes up to two years, according
to Heather Truesdell, Code Enforcement Supervisor of the City of Columbus Department of Development, it is still necessary
to report the location and any unusual happenings on the property.
Ramos also emphasized the importance of sharing information regarding the ongoing
issue of shots being fired in the area.
“If you can take the 30 seconds or minute and a half to call, you probably
won’t know how important it is, but any information helps,” said Ramos.
In order to access the Alert Network, citizens should visit www.columbuspolice.org
and register using their name, zip code, and e-mail address. The Columbus Police Department will not distribute any