Crime Alerts and Safety Tips
Spring & Summer Safety Tips
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.
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.
Door to Door Solicators
Last week, officers were dispatched to a suspicious person call. Upon arrival, they found a male trying to sell magazines door to door. Officers advised the male that, solicitors must be registered or licensed with the City of Minneapolis to sell items door to door. Because the seller couldn't produce documentation, they told him to stop soliciting and sent him on his way. They also advised him that if he was seen soliciting again he would be arrested.
Not long afterward, he was seen on another block trying to sell magazines door-to-door again. Officers booked him in Hennepin County Jail for peddling without a license.
The company he was soliciting for had dropped a number of people off on the street. This company tries to lure customers by claiming that they are selling magazines to try to help people turn their lives around. The solicitors are telling potential customers that the proceeds of the sales are used to give the solicitor a second chance in life or to overcome youthful hardships. The magazines are never delivered.
Further investigation by the responding officers and the Police Licensing division showed that the solicitors were tied to three different companies: Urban Development Solutions, Graceful Hands and Moving Forward. All three companies have multiple complaints from customers alleging that the magazine sales were fraudulent; that they had been charged money and never received any magazines, and that the cost of the subscriptions was unusually high. The Better Business Bureau gave the company an F grade based on multiple complaints, failures to respond, and unauthorized use of the BBB name or trademark.
What You Need to Know and Can Do:
If you have questions please contact your Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist, Jennifer Waisanen
firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 673-5407.
Autumn fire safety tips from the Minneapolis Fire Department
With cooler weather arriving in Minneapolis, folks may be turning on their furnaces, and even enjoying the fireplace or backyard recreational fires. The Minneapolis Fire Department wants to encourage people to enjoy the cooler weather safely with these tips:
Cyberbullying FAQ For Teens
Click here to review some important information on cyberbullying from the Minneapolis Police Department. Cyberbullying is a growing epidemic with serious effects. Please share this with your children, especially teens. This information was provided by the National Crime Prevention Council.
Below are additional links providing more resources to learn more about preventing cyberbullying:
5th Precinct, City of Minneapolis
5th Precinct Crime Maps
Community Crime Prevention
Crime Prevention Resources
Subscribe to Crime e-alert
Burglary Prevention Video
Subscribe to City Emails
National Night Out 2016
Transit For a Livable Communities
Mobile Drug Dealing
Door to Door Sales Rules
Hennepin County Sheriff's Website
Child Safety Tips
Cell Phone Theft
How to use 911 & 311
9 Helpful Tips to Use 911 Video
Home Inventory Form
Home Inventory Form FAQ
Court Watch & Community Impact Statements
Court Watch is set up to curb or decrease livability crimes within and around our neighborhood by holding criminals, police and the courts accountable. This is done by monitoring the activities of offenders in this community & following them through the criminal justice system to ensure that they are convicted & sentenced for their crimes. To view a list of the offenders on Court Watch click here.
Residents are welcome to attend a Court Watch meeting, scheduled the third Monday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Community Meeting room at the 5th Precinct.
Community Impact Statements (CIS) are extremely important as they demonstrate to the judge how a crime has affected you/the community and to influence the judge's sentence (for example, ask the judge to give the defendant the maximum jail time allowed or require the defendant to do certain things - like treatment or community service as conditions of probation).
You are encouraged to write and submit a Community Impact Statement for upcoming cases. Please detail activity that you are aware of that this individual has been involved in and how that activity has affected your livability. You can also submit a more general statement about how the actions of this individual and/or the type of crime have affected the livability in your community. You DO NOT have to personally ID the person or have witnessed their crime to write a statement. A Community Impact Statement form and an example of a CSI form are included:
Community Impact Statement Form
Community Impact Statement Example
Community Impact Statement Requests:
Share Crime Information Anonymously
There are 3 ways to send a tip to the Minneapolis Police Dept:
This is NOT meant to replace our successful 311 system nor is it meant to report on chronic neighborhood crime and livability concerns. It is a system whereby persons can provide tips in order to prevent or solve CRIMES which have occurred in the City of Minneapolis.
For more information, please visit: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/report/WCMS1P-115981
Identity Theft Information & Prevention
Identity theft is a growing concern and there are many ways it can be stolen. The most prevalent is due to stolen purses & wallets from vehicles and other public settings.
Beware of Smartphone Thefts
A recent trend of Smartphone thefts has been noticed in various parts of the city, including the Fifth Precinct. These thefts occur with one suspect or sometimes a group, with varying descriptions. Overall there is no specific trend on day/time but the most recent cases in Fifth Precinct have almost all occurred between 9:30-11:30 pm.
The common denominator is that the victim typically has the smartphone out and is often distracted by it. Some smartphones have been stolen right out of the victim’s hands while the victim walked down the street or waited at a bus stop. Other times the victim had the phone sitting on a table in an establishment and a suspect walked by and stole it.
For tips on what you can do and how to activate a function app to find a lost or stolen phone click on the Crime, Safety, Transportation & Noise page.
Smartphone Theft Tips
What You Can Do:
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