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Clean Up
Abandoned Vehicles
Abandoned VehicleAbandoned vehicles create community problems. Street cleaning and snow removal become difficult tasks with abandoned vehicles in the way. Abandoned vehicles in yards are possible fire hazards. Abandoned vehicles project a negative image of our city. Together, we can give Detroit the necessary makeover to produce clean streets. If the vehicle is your own: move it, have it towed, or donate it. If the vehicle is not yours; REPORT it to your local police district.

City Ord. - Sec. 55-6-85.
When vehicles deemed abandoned.
The following conditions are required before any vehicle shall be deemed to be an abandoned vehicle:

(1) The vehicle shall be abandoned when it has remained on a public street, highway, alley or public place for a period of forty-eight (48) continuous hours or more and from its condition and the surrounding circumstances, shall reasonably appear to be unclaimed, discarded, deserted or abandoned.

(2) A vehicle is deemed abandoned on private property when it has remained on the private property for a period of forty-eight (48) continuous hours or more without the consent of the owner or lessee of the property, or for a period of forty-eight (48) continuous hours or more after the consent of the owner has been revoked.
(Code 1964, § 38-15-2)

Illegal posted signs                    
Illegal Posted Signs

Signs and advertisements posted without consent is illegal. Posting illegal signs creates an eyesore and distracts motorist. With your help, We can make our community safer and cleaner by: NOT POSTING ILLEGAL SIGNS and REMOVING ILLEGALLY POSTED SIGNS.

Sec. 3-1-1. Posting of notices, etc., on public or private property.

(a) Except a public officer or employee in the performance of a public duty or a private person in giving a legal notice, it shall be unlawful for any person to paste, post, paint, print, nail, glue, attach or otherwise fasten any sign, poster, advertisement or notice of any kind upon any public or private property, or cause or authorize the same to be done, without the consent, authorization or ratification in writing of the owner, holder, occupant, lessee, agent or trustee thereof, provided that this section shall not apply to the distribution of handbills, advertisements or other printed matter that is not fixed to the premises.

Homes/Dwellings
Abandoned Home
Illegal abandoned homes or dwellings can lead to numerous unwanted situations. Do not let children play around abandoned homes. Use the other side of street when walking by abandoned sites. For a safer community report abandoned dwellings and any illegal activity at that location to your local precinct.

City Ord. - Sec. 37-2-2.
Definitions.
Dwelling means a single family, two family, or multiple family property.

A dwelling shall be considered abandoned if:
(1) That dwelling is vacant, dilapidated and open at the door or window, leaving the interior of the building exposed to the elements or accessible to entrance by trespassers; and

(2) There are outstanding state, county, or municipal property taxes due on the dwelling.

An abandoned dwelling shall be considered a nuisance if that dwelling is a dangerous building, as that term is defined in Ordinance Chapter 12-11-28.2 of the 1964 City Code.


Trash Dumping
Join us in cleaning up Detroit. Illegal dumping affects our block, the community, our health, and the environment. If possible get the license plate number and description of the vehicle that is illegally dumping and report it to the local police precinct.

Sec. 22-2-91. Dumping from motor vehicle.
No person shall dump or deposit or cause to be dumped or deposited any solid waste, medical waste, or hazardous waste from any motor vehicle upon any public highway, city street, public or private property or water in the City of Detroit, except as otherwise provided by law.
(Ord. No. 15-02, § 1, 9-11-02)

Sec. 22-2-83. Dumping, storing or depositing solid waste, medical waste, or hazardous waste on any publicly owned property, or private property or water, without permit.
Unless stored in approved containers, no person shall dump, store or deposit, or cause to be dumped, stored or deposited, on any publicly owned property, or private property or water, within the City of Detroit any solid waste, medical waste or hazardous waste, except at a waste disposal facility for which a permit or operating license has been properly issued pursuant to the provisions of this Code and state and federal law. Such dumping, storing, or depositing without a permit is declared to be a municipal civil infraction. (Ord. No. 15-02, § 1, 9-11-02)

Sec. 22-2-98. Dumping of solid, medical or hazardous waste in public waters.
No person shall deposit, or cause to be deposited, any solid, medical waste, or hazardous waste from any vessel which is in passage or moored or from the shore, in the waters of the Detroit River, the Rouge River, or any of their tributaries or connected waterways in the city. (Ord. No. 15-02, § 1, 9-11-02)

Sec. 22-2-95. Presumption of violation by operator-dumping, depositing, etc. of solid waste, medical waste, or hazardous waste from motor vehicle or vessel.
Whenever solid waste, medical waste, or hazardous waste is dumped or deposited or caused to be dumped or deposited from any vehicle or vessel not carrying passengers for hire, a rebuttable presumption is created that the operator of the motor vehicle or of the vessel has violated this division and shall be held responsible. The operator of a vehicle or vessel is presumed to be responsible for solid waste, medical waste, or hazardous waste that is dumped or deposited on any public highway, city street, publicly owned property, or private property or water, in the City of Detroit. (Ord. No. 15-02, § 1, 9-11-02)

Sec. 22-1-31. Removal costs.
In addition to any other penalty or sanction provided for in this chapter, or by any other applicable state or federal law, the court shall require the defendant to pay the cost of removing all solid waste, medical waste, or hazardous waste which is the subject of the violation and the cost of damage to any land, water, wildlife, vegetation, or other natural resource or to any facility which is damaged by the violation of this chapter. The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Illegal Dumping Economic Assessment--Cost Estimating Model shall be considered sufficient proof of the cost to the City of Detroit. Money collected under this chapter shall be used to reimburse the department of public works or other appropriate department for the cost of removing said solid waste, medical waste, or hazardous waste. (Ord. No. 15-02, § 1, 9-11-02)
 
Volunteering
School Crossing

School Crossing Guard
Do you have what it takes to be a uniformed School crossing guard in making Detroit street safe?
If yes, then the Detroit Police Traffic Safety Unit needs you!

Contact
Detroit Police Traffic Safety at 313.596.1457
on any publicly owned property, or private property or water, without per

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch
What is Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch is a program that establishes a formal network of communication between neighborhoods and police regarding crime-related problems. Simply translated, Neighborhood Watch asks you, the neighbor, to be your brother's keeper and act as the eyes and ears for your neighbors and the police department by reporting suspicious activity.

Qualifications
A Neighborhood Watch group must have a minimum of two training meetings.
50% of the residences must participate in order to qualify for Neighborhood Watch signs.
If 50% participation is not met, the group will be issued Neighborhood Watch stickers in-lieu of Neighborhood Watch signs until membership reaches 50%.
The Block Location Sheet must be entirely filled out before Neighborhood Watch signs will be issued.
The Neighborhood Watch group must have (1 ) yearly recertification meeting to maintain their standing as an active Neighborhood Watch group, and retain their Neighborhood Watch signs.
One block resident, preferably one who is home during the day, to act as the Unified Block Parent Program volunteer.

Contact
Please Contact your local District Crime Prevention Officer for further Information on current issues or start a Neighborhood Watch program.

Community Action
Businesses
Community Action

Security Tips for Businesses

Develop a partnership with the local public safety agency

Develop an on-site emergency response plan (Identify staging areas, evacuation routes, accountability, etc…)

Enhance surrounding physical security (Lightning, Cameras, Landscaping, Patrol, etc…)

Protect employee identity (Secure the site entrances/exits with employee access system, protect social security and credit card information)

Continually educate employees on their roles and responsibilities for an incident and security procedures (Exercise)

Report any unusual or suspicious behavior or activity (Photographers, packages, vehicles, etc…)

Have a business continuity plan (Keep up date records and store back up copies at an off site location)

Protect computer systems (Firewalls, anti-virus, passwords w/characters and numbers, etc…)