Public Safety

One of the primary reasons for the formation of the Shadyside Action Coalition in the early 1970s was a desire by the Shadyside residents to become more aware of their surroundings, and to get to know and work side by side with their neighbors to decrease criminal activity. Public safety in our neighborhood remains a primary concern today. The Public Safety Committee is currently focusing on assisting groups of neighbors to develop formal communication networks via the Block Watch Program. In addition, we meet regularly with City law enforcement officials and pubic safety leaders in neighboring communities. This networking activity and the monitoring of crime trends across both the City and our neighborhood allows the Public Safety Committee to educate the residents of our neighborhood regarding safe personal practices and procedures to follow when suspicious behavior is noted. If you are interested in creating a Block Watch Program for your area of Shadyside, then please send us an email us at and we will be happy to help you implement one. It’s easy and looking out for each other helps to deter crime in your neighborhood.

Be Safe – Be Alert!

Prevention and Safety Tips:
Do not walk alone at night.

Do not walk around texting and not paying attention to your surroundings

Do not walk with earphones that impede your ability to hear around you.
Do not carry large sums of cash or valuables with you.
Do not resist if being robbed.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Report any suspicious incidents, persons or vehicles to Police asap!

You will see our Neighborhood Officer throughout the neighborhood. If you have any questions for him please feel free to email him at

Always call 911 for any emergency! Even if it is not an emergency, call 911. Tell them that it is not an emergency but you need to report whatever it is. They prioritize all calls and will send out an officer to talk to you about your problem when they can.

Quick Links:
Public Safety Information
Crime Prevention Pamphlet
Ways To Combat Grafitti