East Harriet Street Resurfacing Begins this Spring Neighborhood Meeting February 21
Formal assessment notices and letters will be going out soon for this project, along with invitations to a neighborhood meeting hosted by Public Works on February 21 at 6.30 pm at the Lyndale Farmstead Rec Center at 3900 Bryant Ave South. A map of the project location is attached.
MET Council Sewer Rehab Work To Begin July 6 on Bike & Walking Trails Around Lake Harriet
The work will affect the pedestrian and bike trails on the south side of Lake Harriet from 47th Street W. to West Minnehaha Parkway as follows:
- Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10: The Lake Harriet bike path will be closed and bikes will be detoured onto the existing pedestrian trial. The pedestrian trail will become a shared use trail.
- Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12: Both Lake Harriet bike and pedestrian trails will be open.
- Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17: The Lake Harriet pedestrian path will be closed and pedestrians will be detoured onto the existing bike trial. The bike trail will become a shared use trail.
For more information, please go to the Sewer Rehabilitation project page.
Seasonal and Holiday Safety Tips
One common crime particularly around this time of year is package theft. The MPD has already received several reports of package theft this past month and anticipate seeing more throughout the holiday season. If you plan to do any online ordering this year, its recommend you read the holiday safety tips and package theft prevention attachments below.
Even before it got cold, the MPD has seen a number of incidents where vehicle thefts occurred in which the car was left running or a key was left in the car. Now that it is getting colder, it’s likely this crime will only increase. Please remember to never leave your car running unattended. For more information, see the open ignition attachment.
Please see below for attached documents on a number of topics, and share these tips with family and friends
Holiday Safety Tips
Auto Theft Tips
Minneapolis Declares Snow Emergency Today, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules go into effect so plows can clear the streets and fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and other vehicles can then get around and park. Plowing the streets completely requires vehicles parked on streets to move. It’s in everyone’s best interest to follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible, and folks can avoid a ticket and tow.
Snow Emergency Parking Rules:
- Tonight, Feb 2, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Day 1) Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until the street is fully plowed.
- Wednesday, Feb 3, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2) Do not park on the EVEN side of a non-Snow Emergency route until that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until the parkway is fully plowed.
- Thursday, Feb 4, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3) Do not park on the ODD side of a non-Snow Emergency route until that side of the street is fully plowed.
Find out how to stay informed about Snow Emergencies by clicking onwww.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_stay-informed.
Halloween Safety Tips
1. Walk with other kids or have your parents walk with you.
2. Stay on the sidewalks and don’t cut across people’s yards.
3. Cross at intersections and obey traffic lights.
4. If you wear a mask, make sure the holes are large enough to
see and breathe through easily. Make-up is safer.
5. Have a plan for walking so you cross the street only when
6. NEVER go into other people’s houses. Stay outside.
7. Only go to houses that are well-lit.
8. Wear bright, reflective colors so that drivers can see you when it gets dark. Remember that just because you see the cars doesn’t mean the drivers see you.
9. Be polite and say “Thank you” to the people who give out treats. Don’t push others when you are at the door.
10. Have your parents check your treats before you eat them.
11. Know your name, address, and phone number or go with an adult
12. After dark, take a flashlight along. This will help you see where
you are going, and let drivers see you.
13. Wear costumes that are fireproof and not too long or too loose.
14. Think about going to a Halloween party instead of trick-or-treating.
Contact your crime prevention specialist for additional prevention information. Call 311 or call 612-673-3000.
For further crime prevention resources, please visit
National Night Out August 6, 2013
You can register your event online or by calling 311. The form to register your block has changed significantly this year. You no longer have to include the names and contact information of those agreeing to the street permit. While you still need 3/4 of your neighbors on the block for a barricade approval, you are on your honor to report the needed 3/4 approval. There is no charge if you register your block by July 23. The fee is $100 after July 23.
Holiday Safety Tips
Please remember to watch out for your neighbors, and call 911 on suspicious behavior/activity in your neighborhood.
Please click here for holiday safety tips.
Stay safe and have a happy holiday season!
Spring Crime Update & Reminders
Between April 2 and May 11, 2013, 17 occupied residential and apartment burglaries occurred in the Fifth Precinct. Although the burglaries have occurred in bordering neighborhoods and not in East Harriet, it is important to be aware of this crime trend.
An occupied burglary is when the suspect enters the home and a resident is present. In most cases, the resident is asleep and the suspect will often not go near the resident. In the instances where the resident and suspect saw each other, the suspect fled.
The majority of the cases occurred between 2-5 am, with some ranging as late as 9 am or as early as midnight. 70% of entry to the home contained no force, utilizing unlocked doors and windows and removing screens.
If you believe you have suspect information for any of these crimes, contact the Fifth Precinct desk at 612.673.5705.
What You Can Do:
Increase in Garage Burglaries and Theft From Parked Cars
It is important to increase your awareness and use the following crime prevention methods in your neighborhood.
Plant Theft in SW Minneapolis
Fifth Precinct residents and business owners:
At the beginning of the month, the Fifth Precinct Minneapolis Police Department was made aware of a number of thefts of plants from residences and businesses, mostly in the Linden Hills and Fulton area. These largely occurred overnight.
Plant theft is unfortunately a statewide trend, as other counties and cities outside of the direct Metro area have also been experiencing similar crimes, and a search online will show that these thefts have been common in other areas of the nation as well in the past.
There are very few official sources of plant theft prevention tips that could be located. Fifth Precinct Crime Prevention gathered a number of plant theft prevention tips from gardening sources on the web and has placed them into one document.
Fifth Precinct is committed to catching these perpetrators and need your assistance in reporting suspicious vehicles and persons to 911 at the time it occurs. Please feel free to share the document with friends, family and neighbors.
CSTN Meeting Minutes
January 2013 rescheduled to February 4
December 2012 Combined HZB Meeting
August 2012 no meeting
May 2012 no meeting
Crime Report 2/2012 - 3/19/12
February 2012 no meeting
Crime Alert! Recent Robberies at 46th & Bryant Bus Stop
The first on January 17 occurred around 9:10 p.m. The victim was waiting for a bus when the suspect approached and pointed a gun at him. The suspect demanded that the victim give up his wallet and phone. The suspect fled on foot.
The second incident occurred February 13 at 9:45 a.m. Again, the suspect pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his belongings. A laptop, phone and wallet were taken.
In both cases, the victim was the only person at the bus stop. Both had valuable electronics taken from them. Neither of them was injured. Suspect descriptions are unavailable for release at this time due to the ongoing investigation. Please take precautions and call 911 if you notice suspicious activity.
Safety tips to remember:
- Plan and use the safest and most direct route.
- Stay alert to your surroundings. Recognize when something or someone appears out of the ordinary.
- Refrain from having your cellphone in plain view
- Don't talk or text while walking
- Become familiar with businesses on your route. Know which stores stay open late.
- Choose well-lit streets at night.
- Carry keys and money in a pocket rather than in a purse or wallet.
- If you feel uneasy, go directly to a place where there may be other people.
- Walk with purpose and confidence. Walk with friends when possible.
- Don't carry excess cash or credit cards with you. Bring only what you need.
- If circumstances require you to carry a large amount of cash, hide the majority of it in an unexpected place such as a sock, and carry a smaller amount in an expected place like your wallet, purse or pocket. Robbers tend to go for the expected places.
- Concealable-the robber can hide the items on his or her person;
- Removable-the robber can easily take the items from the victim;
- Available-the items are commonly found on potential victims;
- Valuable-the items are useful to the robber or others;
- Enjoyable-the items are fun to use; and
- Disposable-the robber can easily sell the items to or trade the items with others.
Helpful Minneapolis Police Department Links:
Crime trend e-alert subscription: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crimealert/WCMS1Q-070530?list=102&nb=2
Crime prevention resources:
Crime maps and statistics: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-statistics/
Minneapolis #1 in NNO
Minneapolis has been celebrating NNO on the second Tuesday of each August for 28 years. In 2011 there were 1,173 confirmed events on 2,470 blocks with nearly 60,500 people participating!
Let's continue this tradition! The impact of NNO lasts throughout the year. Neighbor's who know and care about each other, do a better job of watching out for one another and reporting crime and suspicious behavior to police.
Read more about the 5th Precinct in their eNews. Be sure to Sign Up to receive the 5th Precinct quarterly newsletter.
National Night Out in East Harriet
Recreational Fire Safety!
- Only burn unpainted, untreated wood
- Amount of wood burning should be 3 ft wide and 2 ft high or less
- A non-combustible fire barrier at least 6 inches high must be used, such as a fire ring, fire pit, chiminea, or enclosed free standing fire pit
- Recreational fires must be at least 25 feet from a house, garage, wood fence, or other combustible material or structure
- Recreational fires must be constantly attended by at least one person 18 or older
- You must have something readily available to put out the fire – such as a garden hose, buckets of sand, and/or a class 4-A portable fire extinguisher
- Enjoy your recreational fire between 9am-10pm and when the winds don't exceed 10mph.
Click on RECFIRES for more information.
If you have any questions, click on the Minneapolis Fire Department’s website. f or visit
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Door to Door Solicitation
A message from Richard J. Tuffs Minneapolis License Inspector
"Each year I deal with a number of complaints about door to door solicitors. If anyone comes to your door trying to sell you anything, take orders for future delivery or tries to sell you any type of alarm system, make sure they have a Minneapolis Solicitors License. When you open the door, the first words you should be saying are, let me see your Minneapolis Solicitors License. It they don’t have one, send them on their way and call 911. Don't be afraid to call 911. A 911 police call is NOT just for emergencies, it's also any time you want to report illegal or suspicious activity or want a police squad for some other reason. Tell the 911 operator that an unlicensed solicitor is going door to door on your block. After you call them, call me and if I'm not in, leave me a message regarding the address they are currently at and your phone number. Once someone signs a contract with an unlicensed solicitor, its very difficult to get them out of it and trying to get a hold of someone from the company is extremely frustrating. Help your neighbor, if they come to your door, take appropriate action."
Link to Crime Prevention Resources and handouts on the City of Minneapolis website.
Lyndale Ave Construction
Traffic on Lyndale Ave will be moved to the WEST side with one lane in each direction (North/South). The second phase of construction which will include the west side of Lyndale will begin early July. The entire project is expected to be completed in October.
The bridge closure eliminates easy access to businesses in the Lyndale & 54th St business area. Hennepin County will use detours to direct traffic back to the area. Southbound traffic will be detoured west on 50th St to Penn Ave. You can also go east on Nicollet to 54th St W. This area includes many local and small businesses, including retail shops, restaurants, and service businesses that will appreciate your support during this construction period.
Kyles & Calhoun Pet Supply Vandalism Update
The businesses have been owned by the same family for many years. The owners have no known enemies and have received no threats. It is believed that the suspect may be targeting these businesses due to the cultural origin of the owners.
The person of interest in this case, and possibly in the other cases, whom the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fifth Precinct Property Crimes Unit would like assistance identifying, is portrayed in the accompanying photos. (Click the individual links below)
To provide information to Crime Stoppers regarding this incident, or any other serious crime, call 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), text TIP674 plus your information to 274637(CRIMES) or go to the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppersmn.org and click on “Give a Tip”. All callers are given a unique identifier and no names are used.
The Public Information Officer (PIO) contact for this release is Sergeant William Palmer. Sgt Palmer can be reached at 612-919-9362 or w
Neighborhood Policing Plan Update
- 50% of home burglaries are unforced entries
- 80% of garage burglaries are unforced entries
- 90% of car break-ins are because something of value was visible
- Lock your house and car doors
- Get to know your neighbors
- Don't be afraid to call 911
Bicycle Advisory Committee Seeking Applications
The application deadline is Friday, April 13. Terms will be begin on June 1, 2012 and last through May 31, 2014.
Applications and details can be found on the Bicycle Advisory Committee website.
Holiday Safety Tips
Police Need Public's Help
Early in 2010, a tipster to the City of Edina Crime-Stoppers line identified three possible suspects. Two are residents of the Linden Hills neighborhood and one lives in Bry Mawr. All three declined to be interviewed by the police and evidence is insufficient to gain criminal charges at this time.
Arson investigators are hoping the anonymous tipster calls back and also believe that more people are aware of the suspects actions in this case. A reward of up to $2,500 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in this fire. Call the Arson Hot line at 1.800.723.2020 or Sgt. McKenna at 612.673.3389.
Biking Season is Here!
Biking season just around the corner! Check out these great links to gear up for the season.
- 30 Days of Biking begins tomorrow, April 1st. Pledge to bike every day for 30 days, and then share your adventures online.
- Nice Ride Minnesota bikes are coming back and year-long subscriptions are on sale for $40 ($30 for students).
- A new Minneapolis Bicycle Map is available online and at Minneapolis bike shops and libraries.
- Brush up on rules of the road and Minneapolis bicycle parking regulations.
- More bicyclists equals safer bicycling. Read the story and look at the data (PDF) behind the safety in numbers theory.
- Become a facebook fan of the Bike Walk Ambassadors to stay up to date on bicycle goings-on.
- Participate in local bicycling events
MAC Noise Input Meeting
National Night Out
Register your block online or by calling 311 before July 20 and there will be no fees for blocking off your street.
Looking for fun ideas for your block party? Click here to find a great list of suggestions for National Night Out activities.
Maybe your neighborhood is interested in an environmentally friendly party. Check out the Go Green National Night Out website.
For more information, go to NNO 2011 to get more details.
Transit Shelter on Bryant & 40th Removed
Metro Transit guidelines indicate that a transit stop in Minneapolis should have a minimum of 40 daily boardings and the 40th and Bryant stop currently has an average of 22 daily boardings. The transit shelter is scheduled to be removed on or after April 15, 2011. A sign will be posted on the shelter to notify customers and the public of the upcoming removal.
Increase in Bike Thefts
36 of the 46 bicycles were locked, 2 were unlocked and 5 were unspecified whether or not they were locked.
The thieves appear to be able to operate quickly. In some cases, the bicycles were left alone for less than 15 minutes or were within a few feet of areas that were well occupied.
What You Can Do
- Use a U-lock and be sure to lock it to the frame as well as front wheel. If possible, lock both wheels on your bike.
- Record the serial number on your bike. Thousands of bikes are stolen and recovered each year in Minneapolis. Last year only 2% of recovered bicycles were returned to the owners. This is due to lack of serial numbers or an inability for the victim to positively identify their bicycle. Recovered bicycles that cannot be identified by owners are sold at police auctions every year.
- Call 911 on suspicious activity. This includes if you witness what appears to be a bike theft in progress or anyone loitering near parked bikes.
- If you have any suspect information on bicycle thieves, please call the MPD Tips Line at 612.692.8477
Don't Forget Your Sidewalks!
Winter Parking Restrictions Begin
Both the Bryant and Grand Ave parking restrictions and the Winter Parking Restrictions will remain in place until April 1 unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier.
For more information, go to the City's Winter Parking Restrictions web-page.
Snow Emergency in Effect Beginning Feb 21 at 9:00 PM
Click on Snow Emergency In Effect to read the most updated information on parking rules for this snow emergency.
During this Snow Emergency, Winter Parking Restrictions are not in effect beginning at 4 p.m. Monday.
Be sure to know the rules when Minneapolis declares a snow emergency. Click here To find answers to frequently asked questions about parking and your vehicle.
Identity Theft & Mail Fraud Prevention Presentation
Where:Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave S
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America and it can affect anyone. Join the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Minneapolis Police Department for a presentation on mail becoming a victim of any of these crimes.
Free parking is available in the Temple Israel lot off Emerson Ave S.
Nice Rides Wants Your Ideas
Join Nice Ride on Wednesday, September 15, at 7 pm at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Community Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC), located at 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis.
Nice Ride will present a brief summary of their initial 3 month performance. A discussion will follow focusing on the potential to expand Nice Ride Minnesota to more communities.
If you are unable to attend this event and have ideas to share with Nice Ride, please send an email to email@example.com before September 10.
National Night Out - August 2
The City of Minneapolis has made it easy, just click here to register your event, even if you are not planning to block off your streets. Street closure is free and the deadline to apply has been extended to 5 pm on July 21. You will need permission from 75% of your neighbors. Be sure to get their names and addresses (you do not need their signatures). You can also register your event and apply for street closure by calling 311.
More information is available on National Night Out at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/nno.
The City of Minneapolis is seeking photos and videos of your 2010 National Night Out Block Party to document this year's events. Click here for information on submission guidelines.
Remember - Cohesive, healthy neighborhoods are keys to preventing crime and violence
Attempted Kidnapping Alert!
The vehicle is described as a shiny, black, newer model pickup. The license plate was covered in dirt.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic or white male with a darker complexion, late 20's to early 30's, medium build, over 5'7", unshaven, with long black hair in a pontail and wearing a white t-shirt. The suspect may have scratches on his arms from the victim.
The victim believes that she saw the same vehicle and suspect in the area on April 8.
There is no further information at this time and the case has been passed on to investigators. There are no further reported incidents matching this description in the area at this time.
Please click on Tips on Child Safety and read this important infomration provided by the 5th Precinct.
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