Police Stress Safety Reminders In Wake of Residential Burglaries, Robbery
July 11, 2012
In the last week, four residential burglaries and a strong-armed robbery were reported to the Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD). The GVPD continues to see an increase in calls for service and reported incidents, including residential burglaries, in all neighborhoods of Golden Valley. Please be diligent in your crime prevention efforts and call 911 immediately when you see anything suspicious.
Being a good neighbor is one of the best tools used in fighting crime. Minnesota’s Night to Unite on Aug 7 is a great time to get the neighbors together to celebrate and strengthen the neighborhood and police partnership in fighting crime! For more information, contact the GVPD at 763-593-8079.
- July 5-8, 2012, 200 block Sunnyridge Ln: Unknown suspect(s) stole a large screen TV while the homeowners were out of town.
- July 8, 2012 , 2400 block Kewanee Way: Suspect forced entry into the victim’s home for the second time in two weeks. Through investigation, the suspect was identified and arrested after a short high-speed police pursuit in Minneapolis.
- July 9, 2012, 10 block Hanley Rd: Overnight, unknown suspect(s) stole a bike from the open garage.
- July 10, 2012, 3900 block Glenwood Ave: In the morning hours, unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s home and stole jewelry. No forced entry was discovered.
- July 10, 2012, 3200 block Glenwood Ave (Wirth Lake): Around 7 PM, the victim was approached by an unknown black male near the fishing docks at Wirth Lake. The unknown suspect ripped the wallet out of the victim’s pants, got into a physical altercation with the victim, then fled the scene on a bicycle.
Crime Prevention Reminders
- Be particularly alert and responsive to noises or activity in your neighborhood. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY if you see or hear unusual activity. All calls are prioritized and you will be put on hold if necessary, so don’t worry about “bothering the police.”
- Make sure your doors and windows are securely closed and locked at night. Keep purses out of sight of windows and doors. This includes the house, garage, and vehicles.
- When you are in the backyard, remember to close and lock the front door and garage door if out of sight.
- Light up the outside of your home from dusk until dawn every night. Make sure the light is an even, low-level light that doesn’t glare toward the street too much. Lighting will discourage prowlers, assist police officers who patrol your area, and allow your neighbors to see each others’ houses.
- Store ladders and other tools in a secure location so they can’t be used to break into your home or your neighbors.
- If you wake up to hear an intruder in your house, get out of the house if possible. If not possible, stay quiet until it is safe to get to a phone to call 911. If you are unable to speak because you are afraid of making noise, call 911 and leave the phone off the hook.
- If you come home to find a burglary, do not enter your home and call 911 immediately. Do not wait to report the burglary and please do not clean up the burglary before police arrive.
Personal Safety Reminders
- Be alert to your surroundings. Pay attention to unfamiliar or suspicious people, vehicles, circumstances, and noises. Always call 911 IMMEDIATELY if you think you see or hear something suspicious.
- Walk purposefully, know where you are going, and project a no-nonsense image.
- Do not wear music headphones while walking or jogging.
- Use the buddy system. Avoid going to isolated areas by yourself and always stay on the trails.
- Leave the park well before the sun sets.
- Listen to and act on your intuition. It’s better to be safe and risk a little embarrassment than stay in an uncomfortable situation that may be unsafe.
- If you are in danger or being attacked and want to get help, yell “Call 911!” or give specific directions to onlookers; for example: “You! Get the police!”
- Don’t take short-cuts through dark alleys, parks, or across waste ground. Walk facing the traffic so a car cannot pull up behind you unnoticed.
- Self-defense and safety awareness classes may help you feel more secure.