The Summit Hill Association (SHA) held a community crime prevention meeting at Linwood Community Center on Thursday, June 30th. The meeting was arranged by Diane Hilden, the SHA Crime Prevention Coordinator in response to a rash of recent burglaries and thefts within Summit Hill. This community meeting, one of several crime prevention meetings SHA holds each year, focused on practical steps residents can take to deter theft from their homes and vehicles.
Senior Commander Todd Axtell and Crime Prevention Specialist Pam McCreary from the St. Paul Police Department Western District Office took questions and provided tips for how to prevent crime. Sr. Commander Axtell said that there were a reported 1,000 burglaries in the Western district last year and burglaries have recently been is on the rise in Summit Hill.
Steps to Prevent Burglary & Theft
The majority of burglaries are committed during the day on residences. Sr. Commander Axtell mentioned that the burglars are not looking for confrontation; they are looking for cash, jewelry, laptops and light appliances that are easy to take quickly.
Both panelists recommended writing down the serial numbers on your valuables to make them easier to find in the event of a theft. They also stressed the importance of meeting and knowing your neighbors and participating in SHA Crime Prevention Block or Building Clubs. Specialist McCreary said knowing what is normal for neighbors and recognizing abnormal activity is key to reducing theft.
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