Coon Rapids Police Community Watch Team

Hello Coon Rapids!


Welcome to the Community Watch Team newsletter! If you were a Police Bullets subscriber you may be wondering..."How did I get signed up for this?" or "What happened to Police Bullets!?" We have decided to combine both newsletters, and relaunch into a new format. We plan to give you the highlights on what we are up to, and give you relevant safety tips and briefings on crime trends in Coon Rapids. Since this is new for us, we welcome feedback. If you have ideas on what you would like included in this publication, we would love to hear all about it! Email our Community Outreach Specialist, Trish and let her know: theitman@coonrapidsmn.gov.

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Beware of Scams During Tax Season

Every tax season, we receive reports of scammers attempting to impersonate IRS employees. Our elderly community members are typically the most vulnerable to these types of scams. Please take the time to warn your older family members, neighbors, and friends.

Watch this short video to learn how to spot scammers: https://youtu.be/i4nCy6Xs6R8

It’s important to remember the IRS will not:

- Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

- Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.

- Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

- Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

Best advice when you or someone you know receives a suspicious call claiming to be the IRS is to HANG UP.

City Code Highlight: Removal of Keys from Car 9-118


City Code 9-118 says "Every person parking a passenger automobile on a public street, alley, public parking lot, or place affected with a public interest in the City shall lock the ignition, remove the key, and take the key with them."

What this means: If you are warming up your vehicle, remote start is a-ok. What’s not allowed is leaving your vehicle running, unattended, with the keys in the ignition. 

Attempted Robberies


You may have heard around town that we had two attempted robberies on Robinson Drive in January, We are happy to report within a weeks time we had both of the individuals involved in these crimes in custody. Part of the reason that they were attempted, was because of the quick thinking of the victims, and the fact that they were aware of their surroundings. We want to remind you of the crime prevention basics: Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings, If someone is approaching you and it doesn't feel right, Minnesota nice isn't always the best policy! especially if you are alone. As always, call us when you see suspicious behavior, as always, we are here for you.

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Request an appointment for our car seat check up event here

Coon Rapids PD Around Town!

Last month we had a great time participating in the CHILI CHALLENGE, where several Coon Rapids community groups competed to take home the golden ladle trophy, and raise money for Meals on Wheels. While we didn't bring home the gold, we sure had a great time chatting with community members! 

We also enjoyed delivering meals to members of the community in need AND we survived the polar vortex, though only the k9 members of CRPD are lucky enough to be able to wear a fur coat to work!

Chili Challenge
Holiday Deliveries
Ike works in the cold
Call 911 for police response
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