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Year end crime data reports rise in burglaries
While the number of criminal offenses reported throughout Corcoran neighborhood fell in 2013, there was a marked increase in burglaries. 73 offenses were reported which included attempted burglaries and forced entry into garages and homes. This is a 28% increase from last year, and other neighborhoods in South Minneapolis have experienced a similar rise.
Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) sent out at least two “Police Advisory” notices that alerted the public to the increase. In late November, MPD reported that there was “no pattern to the time of day for the burglaries” and that “suspect information is varied.” Witnesses reported to have seen one to three males involved. Witnesses had also seen both a light colored (white, gray, or tan) Explorer or a black SUV being used by suspect(s).
Remembering to lock doors and windows as well as installing security lights are recommend steps to prevent burglaries. Karen Notsch, Crime Prevention Specialist with MPD, offers free home security checks to identify--and suggest changes to--vulnerable forced-entry points.
Corcoran Neighborhood Organization recommends and supports residents who want to organize or sustain block clubs. Neighbors who watch out for each other and are in communication are a deterrent to potential criminals.
Anyone can sign up to receive “Crime Alerts” emails from MPD, which notify the public about crime patterns and safety tips. Designated block leaders are able to sign up for “Action Alerts” emails that share basic public information about significant crimes within a two block radius of your address. Information protected by privacy laws such as domestic violence is not shared.
To sign up for the Crime or Action Alerts please visit <http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/> or contact Karen Notsch at 612-673-2856.
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