• Safety

  • For the latest Como Safety Data, click here


  • If you are the victim of burglary, attempted burglary or witness another home being burglarized, please call 9-1-1!

  • The follwing tips are provided by the Minneapolis Police Department on how to reduce the risk of your home being targeted: click here
     
    A few safety notes from Nick Juarez:
     
    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)

    3) ASSERTIVENESS
                -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 voice
                              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
               Staying Calm
               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)

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    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.

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    Courtwatch:

    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.

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    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.

    It helps.

  • Noisy Parties and the Community

  • The Myths

    All parties will be busted. 
    No. The issue is noisy behavior that reaches a level that interferes with the safety and livability of the neighborhood. You know the kind... people vomiting, urinating, or otherwise vandalizing their neighbor's lawns, where physical violence is present, where the noise level can be heard down the block, and where parties hit the streets and travel loudly from house to house.

    Your band practice will be busted. 
    No. Lots of bands practice in the neighborhood. However, any noise must comply with applicable ordinances. It is up to each band to be aware of and abide by these ordinances. Consider what you can do to keep your noise inside your house (e.g. soundproofing) or look into off-site practice locations.

    Your neighbors want you to move. 
    No. Many student neighbors feel like the longer-term residents don't want them around and vice versa. In fact, many residents lived here as students and chose to stay here because of its proximity to the University and all the other benefits of city living. Students have always been a vital and energetic component of our neighborhood. Take the time to get to know your neighbors and become involved in your community. With mutual respect and consideration, all can enjoy living in our neighborhoods.



    The Facts 

    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. 
    Your violation record affects your future job and apartment rental prospects.

    The Program. The Southeast neighborhoods promote police patrols on the weekends to help enforce the noisy assembly ordinance. The neighborhood association-- Southeast Como or Marcy-Holmes-- receives a list of houses where party tags were issued each week and sends a letter to the landlord and the dweller about the long-term consequences of holding noisy parties.

    The Consequences. Aside from the legal consequences of getting tagged by the cops... Huge parties can't control the inflow of strangers, it puts you at risk for getting your stuff looted as some neighbors have already experienced. The potential for physical violence increases dramatically. Not to mention the creation of ill feelings between you and your neighbors... spending so much time and energy focusing on the conflict between you eats up what energy you have left to live your life.



    The Tools 

    To prevent noisy parties... 
    . Get involved with or start a block club. CCP/SAFE can help you with this. Call Carol at 673-2874. 
    . Work on the neighborhood Safety & Livability committee to implement long-term solutions that are fair for everybody. For Como call 676-1731 or secomo@secomo.org. For Marcy-Holmes call 379-3814 or mhna@pro-ns.net 
    . Contact Student Legal Services - 624-1001 - for tips on how to host a safe and legal party. 
    . Take time to get to know your neighbors. Respect and consideration go a long way.

    If a noisy party is in progress... 
    . Call 911. Identify it as a "noisy party". This is necessary to document the problem legally with the City. 
    . Call SECIA . 676-1731 or MHNA . 379-3814 Leave a message with the party address, date & time you called 911.

    If a noisy party has occurred... 
    . Contact the residents who threw the party. If you are unsure how to approach this kind of conversation call Minneapolis Mediation- 822-9883. They are a team of trained folks that specialize in resolving conflicts between neighbors-- especially if you feel like it is an impossible situation. 
    . Contact the property owner. SECIA or MHNA can help you find out who that is. Contact SECIA at 676-1731 or secomo@secomo.org. Contact MHNA at 379-3814 or mhna@pro-ns.net



    The Reasoning 

    Many neighbors were once U students renting in Southeast. Many bought houses here because of the feel of the neighborhoods-- the walkability, the gardens, the closeness to Dinkytown-the U, Joe's Market. People want to provide the same opportunities to other Southeast neighbors.

    Large, noisy parties and their impact on the neighborhood further discourage current students and first-time homebuyers from settling down in Southeast.

    If you have other ideas, or want to get involved in long-term solutions to this problem-which include addressing the problem of substandard rental housing and inordinate rents being charged for it- contact Southeast Como at 676-1731 or Marcy-Holmes at 379-3814.


    Produced by SECIA, MHNA, U of M Office of Community Relations, Council Member Paul Ostrow

    Comments for Safety Committee




    Prevent Bike Theft
     

    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.