Police Department reminds folks to stay safe while enjoying the warm weather
Springtime means more people walking outside, leaving windows open and doing yardwork – all things that can translate to more opportunity for crimes. So enjoy your spring while keeping a few simple tips in mind to stay safe and protect your belongings.
- If you see suspicious activity, call 911 at the time you see it.
- Install or activate a tracking program or app on your smartphone 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.)
- Pin all ground and first floor windows at 4-6 inches. There are many ways to do this, depending on the type of window. For help or information, contact your neighborhood crime prevention specialist or visit a local hardware store.
- 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. Learn more.
- Lock your doors and windows even when you are home. When you do yardwork and 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.
- Trust your instincts. If something feels off or wrong to you, there's a reason.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Don't let down your guard while using your phone — 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. Your vulnerability is compounded if you are alone, it’s dark, you walk for some distance and you aren’t alert to being followed.
Theft from motor vehicle
- Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle even if you put them under your seat or under a blanket or jacket.
- If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, put them 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 they’re filled with money.
- Valuables include GPS units, laptops, iPads, iPods, smartphones, wallets, purses and more. If you spent money on it, someone can get money when they pawn it.
Bike theft and safety
- Register your bike with Minneapolis for free by calling 311.
- Keep a personal record of the make, model and serial number of your bike. Most people do not have this information, and many bicycles that are recovered are sold at police auction every year instead of returned to their owners.
- Protect your bike with a lock that is difficult to compromise, such as a u-lock.
Published Apr 20, 2016