Several Kingfielders have recently had some very suspicious incidents occurring in the area of 36th and 1st: a subject has approached several residents with some type of story that results in their need to charge their cell phone. This person has been very bold, walking around houses, into gated backyards, looking to see if the owner is home. Upon confronting them, the story develops. Unfortunately, some residents have become victims of theft as a result of letting this person into their homes to allow them to plug their phones into an outlet.
The Minneapolis Police Department recently sent a reminder to be safe now that the weather is nicer. Fortunately, our neighbors are now out and about, but it also means criminals are out as well:
As we go into spring, we all want to enjoy the warm weather. This means more people leaving windows open, walking outside, doing yard work, and more. Remember to keep a few simple crime prevention tips in mind to help reduce the opportunity for crimes.
- Call 911 on suspicious activity at the time you see it!
- Install or activate a tracking program/app on your smart phone to find it in case it is lost or stolen. This must be done BEFORE the phone is stolen.
- Install a security program on your laptop. This must be done BEFORE the laptop is stolen.
- Trust your instincts! If something feels off or wrong to you, there’s a reason
- Pay attention to your surroundings
- Don’t be distracted by your phone, as it can be stolen from your hand
- It’s important not to drink and drive, but it’s also important not to walk while obviously intoxicated, especially if you are alone, it is dark, you walk for blocks, and if you aren’t liable to notice if you are being followed.
- More personal safety tips can be found under personal safety at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/index.htm
- For pedestrian safety, visit the pedestrian section at www.sharetheroadmn.org
- Pin all ground/first floor windows at 4-6″. There are many ways to do this, depending on the type of window. For help/info, contact your CPS, visit a local hardware store, or see home security at http://go.usa.gov/3ZjJG
- Lock your garage service doors. If you often forget to do this, consider upgrading to a keypad lock that automatically locks when it shuts
- Record the make, model and serial number of all your valuables. More info
- Lock your doors and windows even when you are home. As you start doing yard work/gardening, lock your doors to your home, especially on the opposite side of the house from where you are working
- Watch this video of a career burglar to find out what made him choose one house or block and not another
- See the “secure your home” document at the end of this email
Theft from motor vehicle:
- Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle. This includes putting it under your seat or putting a blanket/jacket over it.
- If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, put it in your trunk BEFORE reaching your destination.
- Bags should not be left visible. Even if you know they are empty or only hold dirty gym clothes, a thief could believe it’s filled with money.
- “Valuables” include GPS units, laptops, iPads, iPods, smart phones, wallets, purses, and more. If you spent money on it, someone can get money when they pawn it.
Bike theft and safety:
- Record the make/model/serial number on your bike! This is very important! Most people do not have this information, and many bicycles that are recovered are sold at police auction every year.
- Register your bike with Minneapolis for free. Call 311 or visit http://go.usa.gov/3Zjh3
- Protect your bike with a lock that is difficult to compromise, like a u-lock.
- Visit http://go.usa.gov/3ZB7z and www.sharetheroadmn.org for more info.
For more crime prevention tips, visit http://go.usa.gov/3ZB7z.
To find ways to get involved, ask your Crime Prevention Specialist or check with your neighborhood association to learn about programs, events, and other opportunities near you. The full crime prevention staff contact map can be found at http://go.usa.gov/3ZB7k.