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If you are the victim of burglary, attempted burglary or witness another home being burglarized, please call 9-1-1!
Property crimes remain the first priority at the Second Precinct. Please look for ways to reduce the opportunity to steal from your home, your yard, your car and (note the Marcy muggings) from yourself.
There are "Three A's" of personal safety:
1) AVOIDANCE is always the best protection, and it keeps YOU IN CHARGE of any situation
-Don't invite trouble. Instead, AVOID situations where something bad can happen
-Take away the opportunity for a crime to happen to you
-Never escalate a situation you don't like. Instead: look for a way to get away from it.
2) AWARENESS (this is a focus of next month's workshop)
-Stay in the present;
-KNOW your own strengths and weaknesses and trust yourself to know those.
- Know your environment so you know where crime is occurring. This is the reason for the crime maps, the neighborhood alerts, the articles in the Daily
There are many resources where you can find out what you might encounter, but they're only good if you use them.
-Block Clubs (and Como-Partners -- ejq) are recommended sources of information. If you know people don't have internet, don't read the paper, let them
know what's going on with a visit or a phone call.
-911 Report suspicious activity immediately. Don't start with 311. Focus on behavior; get a description.
Even if a squad car doesn't show up, your call is important (MORE ABOUT THIS BELOW)
-Stay in charge by having a plan for what you are going to do. (THIS IS ALSO A FOCUS OF THE OCTOBER CLASS)
-Walk with confidence
-Look at the person which lets them know you are aware of them. You don't have to make eye contact.
think: DESCRIPTION: how tall, what race, skinny or fat, beard, hair length
If you don't really like looking someone in the eye, look at their forehead or chin. It works.
-Keep a safe distance
-Include in your plan, a personal safety device which can be
your cell phone
sprays of various sorts
electronic noise makers (which are intended to startle and give you a chance to get away)
tools of offense including handguns
No matter what happens, police always need good witnesses. You can do that by
Getting yourself to safety
Evaluating the situation
Reporting the situation to 911
as much detail as possible as
Vehicle can be the most important info (color, number of doors, heading what direction. Tag number is always nice)
Person description (height, skinny or fat, race, approximate age, hair style, clothes, anything unusual)
Inspector Schafer reported that, overall, he "Can't be more pleased."
Last week had a surprising 35% reduction in crime from last year, which is satisfying to report.
*The precinct focus on property crimes is going very well and statistics were good for the summer.
*The focus on intervention with youth remains a successful program in progress.
*They are shifting staff to cover University weekends, moving the middle watch to Dinkytown on Friday and the "dog watch" to Dinkytown on Saturday
The strategy seemed to work well so far, but they can be flexible should the situation suggest that.
Heidi Johnston reported that with lower crime in the Second, there are not a lot of cases for her to review that meet our agreed-upon criteria.
Trevor Thomas Hon, (a name that should be familiar to us all) is still out on the street because his trial could not proceed as scheduled. It has been moved back to January 7, that late because of a crowded court schedule. They're holding our Impact Statements and thank you for them. Since assault with a deadly weapon (because he was kinda mad at someone) is nothing to be glossed over, anyone who still wants to send in a statement really should do that. I'll get you an address that works.
We agreed to add Howard Westmoreland, who had an open bottle and was drunk in Holmes Park (412 3rd Ave SE). He was hauled to detox, and we will find out the status of his charge on 9/17. For now, he has been added to Courtwatch.
One really interesting exchange came up at Courtwatch: The parole officer and the city attorney were talking about one person on courtwatch, who seems to be cleaning up his act. The ladies were congratulating this person in absentia for keeping "clean' while awaiting his trial, when the librarian for the NE branch looked at the mug shot and piped up with the information that this is the guy who shows up regularly at the library and sits where the teens gather. The librarians are positive he's selling weed to teenagers and meeting his clients at the library. She agreed they will watch him much more closely in the future and call the Second Precinct.
The city attorney made one important point as an aside to something else, but the aside was confirmed by Diane Hofstead who attended. We all know that not every 911 call will be answered by a squad car and sometimes the 911 operator will direct callers to leave a message at 311 instead. Additionally, 911 responses are prioritized by
1) person in danger
2) crime in progress
3) suspicious activity
4) recent crime, not in progress
5) less important events (like the improperly parked cars I'm always reporting)
Nevertheless, Heidi Johnston stated, and Diane Hofstead affirmed, that calls are still recorded and the call record is one of the pieces of information that the members of the City Council use when they are dividing up city funds. Our calls, 911 and 311, help determine how much money the Second Precinct is going to get to help us keep our neighborhood safe.
When suspicious, when it doesn't feel right, when you are just wondering about something, call 911 first.
Noisy Parties and the Community
All parties will be busted.
The Ordinance. The Public Nuisance Noise ordinance of the City of Minneapolis makes it unlawful for any person to make, continue, permit, or cause any loud, disturbing, or excessive noise and is enforced 24 hours a day. The "Noisy Assembly" clause of this ordinance refers to a gathering of more than one person in a residential area and is enforced from 10 pm to 6 am. Violation of either section could lead to fines of up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.
To prevent noisy parties...
As the warmer weather comes, remember that theft frequency of theft increases. Last year in the neighborhoods south of Broadway, the incidents of theft increased by 66% in March 2008, when compared to February 2008. One of the larges problems is bicycle theft. Therefore, we remind you:
Be sure to lock your bicycle to a stationary object. The best locking devices are a hardened steel u-shaped lock or a case hardened chain at least 3/8" thick.
Keep your bicycle in a locked garage, your apartment, your storage area, or other secure space. Record the serial number of your bike. If your bicycle is stolen, you will have a better chance of recovering your bicycle if it is licensed. We also remind you not to leave items un attended, it can take only a few seconds for a purse, GPS system a computer, a wallet, or an IPOD to be taken from an unattended table, the inside of a vehicle, or any place.