Make crime prevention your resolution

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013, 1:01 pm

A new year means new resolutions. Follow these tips to increase your personal safety.

  • Talk to your children about safety. At a young age, children can be taught their name and phone number and how to use 9-1-1. For older kids, topics such as computer safety are appropriate.
  • Lock your doors and close your overhead garage door, even when you're home. Check to make sure windows and patio doors are locked at night. Most residential burglaries are unforced, meaning the suspect entered through an unlocked window or door.
  • Remove items from the passenger compartment of your vehicle, including GPS units, gym bags, briefcases, cell phones and computers. If you must leave valuable items in your vehicle, place them in the trunk before you reach your destination. Always lock car doors.
  • Be a good neighbor. Knowing your neighbors helps to prevent crime in your neighborhood. If you witness suspicious activity, call 9-1-1. Coordinate a Night for Neighbors event in August to get your neighbors together, or participate in Neighborhood Watch.

For more information contact Nicole Nelson, Minnetonka Police Department crime prevention analyst, at 952.939.8546.