City of Lakewood to up security after recent increase in carjacking cases

LAKEWOOD, Ohio - Seven carjacking incidents have been reported in Lakewood since the beginning of the year.

A year ago, the city only had one reported incident.

So now the city is planning to step up security.

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"It's a very, very aggressive crime - one that we are very concerned about," Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers said. 

Summers said the city will install 14 additional security cameras, one at each intersection along Detroit Ave. Next year, 12 more will be placed on Madison Ave.

The mayor said each of the seven cars involved in this year's carjackings have been recovered. Now they're working with several other agencies to catch the people behind the violent crimes. 

"That's a lot of pressure, so I think we're going to make some headway here," Summers said.

But Summers said Lakewood residents also have to pitch in.

"We need the eyes and ears of our citizens," he said.

Right now there are 65 active Lakewood Block Watch groups, but residents said they plan to add more groups. They have weekly meetings to build a stronger relationship with Lakewood police, so they can help put an end to the rising number of innocent victims.

"Lakewood has to keep its guard up. Citizens have to think urban, behave urban. Keep an eye on one another, pay attention as to what's going on around you," Summers said. 

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