Crime and Safety


The Crime and Safety Committee is getting reorganized after a break. To find out what this committee is working on, follow the link below.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14-tTo3ESW0JRgOsOS5cI-gKzWtkcUFglGsCHKOtwZ7Q/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5899fcc7

This committee is always looking for residents that have a passion for keeping our neighborhood and residents safe. This committee is in the process of setting up regular meeting dates. Crime and Safety events can be found on our calendar. If you are interested in this committee, please contact our staff person at wedgecoordinator@gmail.com

 

Our Crime and Safety Page will highlight any high profile neighborhood crimes as well as crime trends.  Also included are some tips and resources on personal, auto, bike, home and apartment safety. 

 Crime Prevention reduces the opportunity for crime and increases neighborhood livability.

For more information please follow the link to the Minneapolis Police Department’s Crime Prevention Resources Page.  Here you will find lots of great information about personal, home, auto, bike and apartment safety tips.

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crimeprevention/index.htm

 

Taken from Council Member Lisa Bender’s Facebook Page:

There was a terrible violent assault last weekend in Uptown and MPD is seeking help identifying two suspects who used the victim’s credit card the next day. Here are details from the MPD:

Media Release

Media Contact:
John A. Elder
612-673-3829 Office
612-578-4322 Mobile
john.elder@minneapolismn.gov
@MPD_PIO

Minneapolis Police Seek the Public’s
Help Identifying Violent Felony Suspects

September 3, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) On Sunday, August 30th, at approximately 1:40 am, an adult female was walking on the 2500 block of Aldrich Avenue South when she became the victim of a violent assault.

At that location, a white male individual grabbed her around the neck with his hands. He choked and strangled her to the point where she was no longer conscious. The victim received numerous injuries during this assault. When she regained consciousness, her personal belongings were scattered around. The victim screamed for help and a number of Good Samaritans came to render aid and called 911. Officers arrived a short time later and the suspect was gone from the area. The woman was transported to the hospital for the treatment of her injuries.

One of her stolen credit cards was used the following morning by two white males. Surveillance video has produced images of each individual.

The Inspector commanding the 5th Precinct is increasing directed patrol in this area as well as asking officers for more community engagement in the affected neighborhood. We are allocating patrol resources in an effort to prevent future acts of violent crime. The MPD will also be working with our law enforcement partners who also work near the scene of this crime. Residents will see more police in this area and are encouraged to share information and work with officers on this public safety issue.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin message with: TIP674. The case number is 15-327219.

From the Star and Tribune By Steve Brandt

 

Three robberies hit cyclists on Midtown Greenway

Patrols on the Midtown Greenway are being beefed up and extra precautions are being urged after a string of three late-night robberies of cyclists on the Midtown Greenway that represent the most concentrated attacks there since early 2012.

Police said that cyclists were robbed at or shortly after 11 p.m. on the greenway on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. All of the attacks took place in the 12 blocks between Chicago and Cedar avenues, and involved two or three attackers.

In two of the three cases, police said, assailants knocked the victims off their bicycles. A stun gun was used in one assault, and a revolver and homemade knife were used in another. The robbers took backpacks, cellphones and money.

The Midtown Greenway Coalition, which runs a trail watch of unarmed volunteers, said it is considering extending the hours of that patrol. The coalition previously has advised late-night bikers to consider joining another cyclist when riding late at night.

Soren Jensen, the coalition’s executive director, said the attackers appear to be using the 18th Avenue ramp to the greenway for access. He said that police have indicated that they’ll step up car and bike patrols, and the coalition is looking into hiring off-duty police.

He advised bicyclists who spot groups of people under bridges not to try and power through them but to turn around and call 911.

“We are very concerned,” Jensen said, but added that the concentrated location and timing might aid in apprehension. “We’re hoping that police can catch these guys and put a stop to it,” he said. Police asked anyone with information about the attacks to call Sgt. Ker Yang at 612-673-3856.

The most concentrated previous series of attacks posted on the coalition’s safety log was four during a 75-day period between November 2011 and February 2012.