Unfortunately, the annual MLK Park Ice Cream Social is being cancelled. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s policy requires that facilities close if the heat index rises to a level that does not allow people to be able to cool down in non-air conditioned facilities. We hope the event is rescheduled, but do not have any information at this time. In the meantime, please stay hydrated!!
Here are a few things you can do to report increased traffic and/or speeding cars that we are starting to see as a result of the construction on 35W:
1. Call 311 to provide location and time – this information goes to various city resources that are trying to address the issues caused by the highway construction.
2. Go online and submit the same information to Andrea Jenkins, our Ward 8 City Council representative (www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ward8/contact-ward8).
3. Report the information to MNDot, they have a hotline set-up specifically for this project: 612.284.6125 – you will speak to a lovely young woman named Kristen, who is very understanding and meets weekly with the City to discuss traffic options.
Representatives from MNDot will be at the Kingfield Farmers Market on Sunday, July 22nd if you would like to learn more information about this project.
There is also a website for the project that contains useful information, and you can sign-up to receive updates: www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/index.html
We hope that neighbors have all received this in your mailbox already, but if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet our summer edition is now online here!
Burglary Alert for the Lyndale & Kingfield Neighborhood
Eleven burglaries have been reported since 05/18/2018, in the Lyndale and Kingfield neighborhoods. Five of the burglaries were to homes, where the suspect gained entry to lower level windows by cutting the screens and pushing up the unlocked windows. Of the six garages that were entered, three of the service doors were unlocked and three appeared to be kicked in. MPD will be conducting extra patrol efforts during the times when the burglaries are occurring, in both plain clothes and in uniform. They will also be flyering the neighborhoods with prevention tips when we see open garage doors, to try to connect with residents to inform them of the incidents. If you would like to host a block club meeting in response to these burglaries and learn more about what you can do to keep your home and neighborhood safe, contact CPS/Jennifer Waisanen at (612) 673-5407. If you have any information that could lead to a suspect on these burglaries, please contact our property crimes investigators at (612) 673-5715.
Home Security Prevention Tips:
- Lock your home, apartment, and garage doors and windows at all times, even if you are in the home or yard.
- Do not leave valuables in plain sight. This includes laptops, purses, wallets, keys, and anything else that may contain personal information. Remember: Treat your garage door opener as a key to your property.
- Record the make, model, and serial numbers on your valuables and keep in a safe place. This information can greatly assist in recovery of items. Photographs may also be of assistance.
- Secure windows and doors in homes, and garages.
- Use deadbolt locks with at least a 1” throw on all exterior doors. Use 6” strike plates and 3” case-hardened screws that enter the studs behind the doorframe.
- Pin or add auxiliary locking devices to windows and sliding glass doors.
- Place an opaque material over garage windows.
- Install a solid core door with a deadbolt on garage service door.
- Secure overhead garage door tracks with a padlock.
- Consider installing security film on windows near or on doors to prevent access to door locks via breaking a window.
- Consider using timers on lights, radios and/or a TV when you are away from home.
- If you have a security system, use it even while at home. Dogs can be a deterrent as well.
- Know who is in your home; service providers and contractors should do background checks on their employees.
How to report a burglary:
Call 911 to report a burglary, whether or not you witness the burglary in progress. Note missing items, suspect description, tools, objects, or DNA evidence left at scene, possible time and date of occurrence, video surveillance, etc.
See http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/index.htm for more tips.
Please call 911 on all suspicious activity including suspicious persons and vehicles loitering near homes and in alleyways, or unfamiliar noises such as breaking glass.
Holiday travel, sigh… If you are going home for the holidays, here are some important safety reminders:
Traveling by car over the holidays? Don’t forget to pack an emergency supply kit for each passenger in your car. For kit tips, visit www.ready.gov/car
If you’re going to be on the road with your animal companions, make sure that your car or travel emergency kit includes items for your pet like water and food. Something familiar such as a toy or comforting like a blanket can also help alleviate stress. For a complete list of pet preparedness items, visit www.ready.gov/pets
Flying somewhere for the holidays? Pay attention to the flight attendants during the safety briefing (even if you have heard it a hundred times) and read the safety briefing card. Studies show taking a few moments to look up from your book or electronic device could save your life in an emergency. If you’ve still got a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, don’t take it to the airport. And take a moment to review the security screening process: www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-clips
A “must have” app for a safe, healthy, restful, worry free international vacation is TravWell, a very unique mobile app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/). What with the many travel alerts, raging epidemics and endemic diseases, the only way to travel safe and smart is to use this app.