Norwood starts 3-part plan to fight crime

Posted at 12:04 AM, Oct 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-17 00:04:09-04

NORWOOD, Ohio – There’s a different kind of “Friday night lights” shining on the streets of Norwood, where changes that residents pushed for in an effort to clean up their neighborhood are paying off.

The first step of the plan was adding new lights to the streets, some of which turned on for the first time Friday. Next, the city will be putting more police out on foot patrol in the streets, going after landlords who let tenants run wild or their houses fall apart and putting up more lights.

“We're trying to drive out people that are trying to take advantage of this community and preventing it from obtaining its full potential,” Norwood Law Director Christopher Brown said.

The changes are coming after a meeting a few months ago, when at least one resident described being attacked by a crowd of people. Residents and business owners said they were happy the changes were finally coming to fruition.

“You can only push them so far, and then they push back and I think the push is on and it ain't going to stop until it's over,” Bill Potts said.