Safety Tips & Literature
Here are some tips to keep yourself safe in Downtown. These are just a few tips from the Downtown Safety Brochure Series. Download the full brochures for more tips. Check back quarterly for new topics.
- Secure your windows, vents and sunroof and lock your car. Windows can be smashed in, but thieves will usually seek out cars with the easiest means of entry that will cause the least commotion.
- Be selective in where you park your car. Park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas if possible.
- Report suspicious activity as soon as you see it to an ambassador or police officer and to parking personnel.
- Do not leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out of sight. It’s better to place them in the trunk before you reach your destination.
- Use a visible mechanical device that locks the steering wheel.
- Pricey stereo systems have detachable faces for a reason. Remove yours when not in use and keep it with you.
- Alarm systems are only marginally effective. Smash and grab thieves are usually gone before anyone can respond.
- Do not leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business, store or office or to close a gate.
- Do not leave any keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.
- Do not keep your entire music collection in your car; bring only those CDs you plan to use that day.
- Do not keep boxes or bags in your car, even if they contain nothing of value. If thieves choose to check out their contents, you may be left with a broken window or door lock.
- If you are buying a new car, consider safety options such as systems that shut off the fuel supply so that a car can’t be started or driven.
- Report any thefts or break-ins to police and parking lot personnel immediately.
- If you must leave an attendant, mechanic or valet a key, leave only the ignition key.
- For your personal safety, have your keys in your hand before walking to your car.
- Do not leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title, or credit cards in your vehicle.
- Keep your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers and insurance information on a card and keep them with you.
The City of Akron has taken measures to eliminate aggressive panhandling throughout the city. Panhandling is protected by freedom of speech laws. Communities like Akron are attempting to regulate its abuses.
Panhandlers are now required to register with the city (at no cost), to wear city-issued identification when panhandling and to conform to an approved manner and place of solicitation.
Areas off limits to panhandlers include within 20 feet of:
- Banks and ATMs
- Sidewalk cafes licensed by the city
- Entrances to entertainment facilities
- Schools and churches
- Bus stops
Panhandlers may not:
- Block your way
- Use abusive language
- Panhandle after sunset or before sunrise
- Approach cars
- Restrict pedestrian or vehicular traffic
- Threaten, harass or otherwise cause you to feel you are in danger if you do not give ...to do so is aggressive panhandling.
If You’re Asked for Money:
- Politely say “no” and walk away.
- If a panhandler becomes aggressive or if you feel threatened, contact the police.
- For some, panhandling is a profitable business, not an immediate need.
- Panhandlers may not be looking for a meal, gas money or shelter.
- Your dollars may go to support and enable destructive habits and dependencies.
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