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Como Update (Nov 1, 2013)

posted Nov 7, 2013, 6:51 AM by Ricardo McCurley   [ updated Nov 19, 2013, 9:08 AM ]
Como Neighborhood,

In preparation for your monthly/annual meeting, I am attaching the Part 1 Crime maps for:
Part 1 Crimes, YTD 2013
Part 1 Crimes, September 2013
Part 1 Crimes, October 2013
The 2nd Precinct will be at your annual meeting on 11/13 to provide a 2nd Precinct update.

Over all the neighborhood is showing an increase of (+11/+4%) Part 1 Crimes compared to the same time last year.

Comparing 1/1 – 11/1, 2012 to 1/1 – 11/1, 2013:

There have been no changes in:
Homicide: 0 incidents both years
Aggravated Assault: 9 incidents both years

There have been decreases in:
Rape: (-1) – (5 incidents in 2013) 
Auto Theft: (-5) – (24 incidents in 2013)
Robbery: (-2) – (7 incidents in 2013)

There have been increases in:
Larceny: (+3) – (153 incidents in 2013) this includes:
– theft, theft from person, theft from motor vehicle, theft of bicycle, theft of motor vehicle parts, theft by swindle
Arson: (+1) – (1 incident in 2013)
Burglary: (+15) – (76 incidents in 2013)
– this number has gone up over the last couple of months however, the 2nd Precinct has made some arrests of individuals in the past couple of weeks that may be responsible for most of this activity.

Noisy and unruly assemblies warning letters – In 2013, the 2nd Precinct has sent out 41 warning letters for noisy or unruly assembly violations. In 2012, the 2nd Precinct sent out 56 warning letters.

Recent Crime Patterns:
There is still a window peeper in the neighborhood (see attached crime alert)
The recent crime alert about the Criminal sexual assault is also attached.
The 2nd Precinct continues to see Thefts and Burglaries as result of house gatherings
Do not be afraid/hesitant to call 911 to report a property or violent crime in progress or immediately after the incident due to the fact that you may have underage drinking going on in your house
The most important thing to do is to report the crime as quickly as possible
Incidents continue of burglaries of unsecured homes, porches and garages – lock your doors and windows

I would encourage the neighborhood to attend the next 2PAC meeting on Monday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. – we are moving the location to the University Church of Hope in the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood in an effort to reach more of the Precinct. There will be a brief presentation on personal safety; the 2nd Precinct update will also be presented and then Court Watch will follow.

Safety reminders:
Lock your doors and windows even if you are home – if your locks do not work and you are a renter, contact your property owner
Check your screens for any damage
Be aware of your surroundings
Be aware of who is watching you- criminals are watching you to determine the best time to strike
Pay attention to people’s behavior
Be assertive with your personal safety
Know the threats in your neighborhood and take the necessary action to protect yourself and family
Sign up for the neighborhood email list and the MPD email alert system
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/statistics/WCMS1Q-068297 (crime maps for the 2ndPrecinct – updated weekly)
Do not leave your iPhones, laptops, purses, wallets unattended at bars, at a party, at the coffee shop, or at the restaurant (a majority of the thefts the neighborhood has had is because people are leaving valuables in the open or having a party with too many people and items being stolen during the party)
Call 911 if you witness suspicious people and activity; examples of suspicious activity:
A person looking into your window
Someone walking down the alley/street looking into car windows
Someone pulling on door handles or house doors
Someone carrying a large flat screen TV down the street
Someone prying or taking a screen off a window

One of the main goals for 2013 is to continue to improve communication with block leaders and to identify a block leader on every block in the Precinct. A block leader is a point of contact for the 2nd Precinct. It is someone the 2nd Precinct can contact to help distribute crime alerts and other important information as well as help gather information on suspicious activity that is happening in the neighborhood. If you are interested in becoming a block leader, contact the 2nd Precinct’s Crime Prevention Specialist Nicholas Juarez at 612-673-2797 or at Nicholas.juarez@mineapolismn.gov. The 2nd Precinct will be conducting a block leader training session on Monday, November 4th at 6:15 p.m. at the 2nd Precinct, 1911 Central Avenue NE. If your block already has a block leader consider being and additional leader to help distribute information. If you are a student you can be a block leader for the school year; as we know the student population is large in this neighborhood and it is important that you are aware of the risks and crime trends in the neighborhood, so consider becoming a block leader for the school year and help share information with your roommates and neighbors. As a block leader you will be able to receive email action alerts of reported crimes within a 1.5 – 2 block radius around your house or business.

As you are enjoying your neighborhood, remind your neighbors to:
Observe and report suspicious activity to 911 as it is happening
Report suspicious activity and people around your block to 911

i. People looking into cars and trying door handles, people walking/driving down the alley looking into people’s garages/yards, people walking on to your property and looking into windows, people asking about your neighbors are all examples of suspicious activity.
Mark and Document all serial numbers of your valuables or make your own “special” mark on your valuables that you can use to identify it as yours
Keep this information in a separate location
Take pictures of valuables
If the items are stolen – provide the serial numbers and/or pictures to the police when you file your report
Be aware of their surroundings – try not to be distracted
Secure their bike with a quality lock and secure it to a secure rack
Secure their motor vehicle
Do not leave your keys in your vehicle
Lock your doors and close windows
Talk to their neighbors and share neighborhood/block observations
Sign up for the neighborhood email list and the MPD email alert system
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/statistics/WCMS1Q-068297 (crime maps for the 2nd Precinct – updated weekly)
Secure screen and main house doors
Secure strike plates with at least 3” screws
Consider using a longer strike plate

As always if you have questions, comments and/or concerns please let me know.


Nicholas J. Juarez
Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 2nd Precinct
1911 Central Avenue NE
Ricardo McCurley,
Nov 7, 2013, 6:51 AM
Ricardo McCurley,
Nov 7, 2013, 6:51 AM
Ricardo McCurley,
Nov 7, 2013, 6:51 AM
Ricardo McCurley,
Nov 7, 2013, 6:51 AM
Ricardo McCurley,
Nov 7, 2013, 6:51 AM