Resources to Know
The University of Toledo
UT Alert is an emergency notification system that sends users emails or texts about on-campus alerts, including inclement safety concerns, weather, power outages, etc. Sign up at utalert.utoledo.edu.
Rave Guardian Safety
Rave Guardian Mobile Safety is a free, personal safety app that features a panic button with GPS location and personal profile information. It also enables anonymous, two-way crime tip reporting through text, and includes a safety timer that notifies predetermined safety officials, family and friends if the timer is not deactivated before it expires. Download for free through your smartphone app provider.
City of Toledo
Engage Toledo is a citizen-focused, 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week operation to improve the collection, management, completion and follow-up on citizens’ service requests. Report your most common complaints, including:
- Unsecured, abandoned house
- High grass, weeds
- Nuisance property
- Sidewalk problem/bad condition
- Street alley cleaning request
- Street potholes
The call center is open 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week for city service requests. Call 419.936.2020.
Receive automatic crime alerts via email or text messages to your smartphone. This is a free service provided by the Toledo Police Department. Crime alert sign up.
C.O.P.R.S. (Citizen’s Online Police Reporting System)
This is a new, online reporting system for citizens who’d like to complete a crime report without having a Toledo police crew respond. C.O.P.R.S. report link.
Toledo Police Non-Emergency Line
- Parking complaints
- Noise complaints
- past offenses
- Explanation of police policy
Know the Law
No More Than Three!
Make sure you’re renting a home that complies with city law. If you’re not, you could be evicted!
- No more than three, non-related individuals may reside in a single-family home; 90 percent of homes in neighborhoods around Main Campus are single-family homes.
- Duplexes and apartment buildings/complexes are not zoned single-family and are not covered by this law.
- A small number of homes have obtained city permits allowing more than three. Your landlord may believe, or want you to believe, he/she has a permit, but make sure you see a permit and have a copy posted inside your front door. If you want to check if there is a permit, contact the City of Toledo’s Division of Code Enforcement at 419.245.1220.
The City of Toledo has a noise ordinance. You're violating the ordinance if your noise is "unnecessary, excessive” or is “any offensive noise which annoys and/or disturbs the comfort, health, peace or safety of others." This includes yelling and loud music! Unless your neighbors are students, they probably go to bed earlier than you. They may get up early the next day, or they may have children who need to sleep, etc. If the sound from your house or apartment can be clearly heard several yards away, someone is likely to be disturbed. You are responsible for the noise of your guests, as well, so keep the music/TV turned down after 9 p.m. Toledo Municipal Code (TMC) 507.03 and 507.04
- Make sure you park on the right – NOT the left – side of the street, unless it's a one-way street.
- Be sure you're not parked within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
- Never block a crosswalk.
- Keep vehicles 30 feet from a stop sign, yield sign, flashing light or traffic signal.
- Never block a driveway.
- Keep your cars out of the front yard; no parking permitted. Also, make certain you're not parked across a sidewalk.
- If you park on the street, do not leave your car for more than 18 hours. TMC 351.07
Open containers are not permitted in public or in a motor vehicle, whether you’re a passenger or driving, and whether you're moving or parked. TMC 331.43
This is one of neighborhood residents' most common complaints. You will be cited for messy property! Litter includes garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, cans, bottles, paper, boxes or anything unsightly or unsanitary. ORC 3767. 32.
City inspectors monitor neighborhoods around The University of Toledo on a consistent basis. If they spot code violations on your property, a photo will be taken and a "Notice of Liability" will be mailed with the photo to the property owner and/or tenant. Examples of problems that could cause a ticket are:
- Trash, garbage, junk and/or debris
- Tall grass
- Car(s) parked in the yard
- Couches/inside furniture on porch or in yard
- Property considered a general nuisance
Large item pickups can be scheduled once per month. Call 419.936.2511 to schedule a bulk pickup before placing bulk/brush to the curb. Otherwise, this is considered an illegal set out, and the property owner can be charged for the cleanup and issued a $75 fine. If you have questions about how to do a proper set-out, please call Republic Services or Engage Toledo at 419.936.2020.
There is a law against placing couches on the front porch, even if it is for comfortable or extra seating. These items have caused house fires, and they also attract rodents.
Acceptable Open Burning
Open burning is allowed for the following purposes without notification to or permission from the Toledo Fire Department:
- Bonfires, campfires, recreational fires and outdoor fireplace equipment, weather for
cooking food for human consumption, pleasure, religious ceremonial, warmth, recreational,
or similar purposes, if the following conditions are met:
- They are fueled with clean, seasoned firewood, natural gas or an equivalent, or any clean-burning fuel with emissions equivalent to or lower than those created from the burning of seasoned firewood
- They are not used for waste disposal purposes
- They have a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height
- Adhere to Ohio Fire Code OAC3745-19-03
Student Legal Services
Snyder Memorial Building, room 1020
Be a Good Neighbor
- Keep parties fairly small, ideally with 3-4 guests per tenant.
- Pick outside trash up promptly after a party.
- Make sure your guests follow parking regulations.
- Use respectable language while outside.
- Keep the noise level low, especially at night when neighbors are sleeping.
- Let your neighbors know a day or two in advance of your party. Give them your phone number so they can call you, instead of police, if there is a problem.
- Encourage your guests to use indoor restrooms.
- Don’t use beer ads, bottles or cans as decorations on your porch or in windows.
- Keep your party inside and quiet after 11 p.m. Toledo has a noise ordinance.
- Keep our property, the sidewalks and streets free of litter.
- When there is a holiday during the week, trash pickup is delayed one weekday and continues on this schedule until the next holiday. The pickup is again delayed on weekdays and continues on this schedule until the next holiday.
- To have large items picked up once per month without charge, call 419.936.2511.
- Trash collectors will not take tires, batteries or motor oil.
- Say “hello” to your neighbors.
- Offer to help elderly neighbors with jobs such as shoveling sidewalks or raking leaves.
- Make sure you and your guests respect the property of others.
- Trade phone numbers with your neighbors.
- When your dog is outside, keep him/her in a fenced-in area or on a leash.
- Clean up after your dog, both in your yard and when you take him/her for a walk.
- Keep cats in the house.
- Keep your dog from barking continuously.
- Take your pets to the vet for checkups and shots, as needed.
- Make sure your dogs have a valid license.
- When parking on the street, don’t block a neighbor’s driveway.
- Don’t block sidewalks or park in yards – it is illegal.
- Don’t park to close to stop signs or fire hydrants.
Know How to be Safe
Always think safety and call 9-1-1!
- Never leave your belongings unattended, even for a moment.
- Know your surroundings, even when walking alone.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle, including the trunk.
Burglary prevention tips
- Don’t mention on social media sites that you are planning to be away from your home.
- Consider renters insurance to cover the value of your property if disaster strikes.
- Tag or mark your belongings. Use a computerized system for tracking your property.
- Break down empty boxes from large-item purchases.
- Draw your curtains or close your blinds after dark.
- Make sure your sliding glass door is pinned or has an auxiliary lock.
- Ask management about forming a “watch group” in your neighborhood, even if you live in an apartment.
- Attend neighborhood block watch meetings.
- Use timers for interior lights/televisions, etc., when you’re out of town.
- Make sure you have adequate lighting and motion sensor lights outside your home or apartment.
- Make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked before leaving home or going to bed.
- Install an alarm system. Affordable systems are available for all budgets.
- Install a camera system with web-based access in the interior and exterior of your residence.
- Keep screen doors locked when you have an entry door open.
- Get to know your neighbors and look out for each other.
- Report slow-moving cars or suspicious activity in your neighborhood to 9-1-1- immediately. This can be done anonymously.
- If someone knocks on your door and you don’t feel comfortable, yell “Leave my residence. I am calling the police to check your reason for being in the area” through the door.
- If you are comfortable opening your door, always check for credentials and require that the person remain outside your home.
- Do not leave doors or windows open for friends/family to gain access when you’re not home.
- Inform your local law enforcement agency of when you will be away from your home.
- Make your home look occupied even when you’re not there, especially when you’ll be away for an extended period of time, i.e., vacation, internship, conference, family/friend visit.
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads quickly. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside as fast as possible.
- Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area, on every level of your home, including your basement. Alarms should be placed on ceilings or high on walls.
- Replace all smoke alarms before or when they are 10 years old.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one alarm sounds, they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once per month. Press the test button to be sure the alarms work.
- There are two kinds of smoke alarms: ionization and photoelectric. Ionization alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both alarms.
- People with hearing impairments can use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers.
Toledo Municipal Code 1301.11. Smoke detector requirements for dwelling units.
After the effective date of this section, it shall be the responsibility of the owner of each existing structure which contains a residential dwelling to install smoke detectors as hereinafter provided. At least one smoke detector shall be installed to protect each sleeping area, and there shall be at least one smoke detector installed on each level of the dwelling (that is, cellar, basement, first floor, second floor).
Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention
- Keep your parked car locked.
- Set your car alarm when you leave your vehicle.
- Drive with your doors locked and windows partially lowered. Never fully lower all windows when driving. This prevents unwanted approaches to and inside your vehicle.
- Don’t leave garage door openers in your car when it is parked outside your garage.
- Never leave an unoccupied vehicle running with the keys inside.
- Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car.
- If your vehicle breaks down, never leave it. If you are approached by a stranger, ask him or her to call for assistance.
- Keep an extra cellphone car charger in your vehicle.
- If you have an old cellphone (not activated), keep the phone and its charger in your glove box. All cellphones can connect with 9-1-1 when dialed, even if service is turned off or there are no minutes left.