2nd Precinct Offers Spring Safety Tips

posted May 1, 2011, 7:46 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated May 30, 2011, 2:41 PM ]
Seems like common sense, and I'm sure it's like preaching to the choir for all of you, but forwarding this info from the CPS Tom Thompson at the 2nd Precinct... 

The Police Department does as much as we can to prevent crime, but our Community members are our best partners to stop crime. Actions you take at home on a daily basis can thwart most crime, or reduce the opportunity for it. You are our best allies to see and report crime as it is occurring. Use 9-1-1 to notify us immediately if you think a crime is occurring. We are happy to respond and investigate.

Our goal this year is to work with you to reduce the incidence of property crime in your neighborhood. Please:

--SCAMS: Please be careful of people coming up to your house, saying they have done work, or asking to do work. If you did not ask or hire these people they may not be legitimately in business. A common ploy is to seal coat your drive, or tell you your roof is bad. Make sure you get quotes from businesses you call in addition to what these people say. If they say they can only do it right now, my advice is to pass, don't be pressured into something only to find out you have been scammed.

--Lock your doors on your home. If you have an alarm system, use it.

--Once it's warm again and windows are open, pin your windows to prevent unwanted people from entering your home.

--Lock your front door even if you are in the back yard doing yard work.

--Be aware of strangers at your door. A common tactic is for someone to occupy you at the front door, while their partner enters your home from the rear. For this reason, keep your valuables in a secure place in the home.

--Don't store vehicle keys on hooks or in a drawer by the back door or garage service entrance. Break-ins to homes with this method of key storage frequently experience the loss of a vehicle or two in addition to the burglary of the home.

--Lock your garage, both the overhead door and the service door. Deadbolt locks are preferable to simple spring type locks that are standard on most door knobs. Deadbolts provide a higher level of security.

--Do not store valuables in your car; items like wallets, purses, cell phones, ipods, laptop computers, GPS units, or anything else of an identifying nature. Thieves target vehicles with obvious valuables showing. Invest in GPS technology for computers and cell phones. If stolen they are fairly easily found within a short time. This technology allows the equipment to phone home and say where it is. It allows us to capture and prosecute the offender at an earlier point in time.

--Many thefts from auto cases involve the use of your credit cards within the hour, or your identifying information is stolen for use in larger frauds. Protect your personal information.

--If storing valuables in your car, stow them prior to arriving at your final destination.

--Remove your garage door opener(s). These are the key to your garage and in the cases of attached garages are frequently the way into your home.

For questions, contact: Tom Thompson, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 2nd Precinct
(612) 673-2874